Celtic Release Roster for Friendly
PHILADELPHIA (July 9, 2010) – Celtic FC today unveiled their 27-man
travel roster for their upcoming North American Tour. Greek National Team
forward Georgios Samaras, South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yueng and Cha Du Ri will
all visit PPL Park after competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup last month. Also included on the squad are 2009 SPFA Player of the Year Scott Brown, 2008 SPFA Player of the Year Aiden McGeady, 2006 SPFA Player of the Year Shaun Maloney, and Celtic's leading scorer last season Georgios Samaras. Kick-off is set for 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the Wednesday, July 14th match by calling
877-21- UNION or clicking here.
Celtic FC come with a
winning pedigree over the course of their 122-year history. Winners of 34
Scottish Cups and 42 League Championships, the club finished in second place in
the Scottish Premier League last season. The Chester Waterfront is the first of three
stops on the Hoops’ United States tour, which also includes a match against
Manchester United in Toronto on July 16th and at the Seattle Sounders on July
CELTIC 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
GOALKEEPERS: Artur Boruc (POL),
Dominic Cervi (USA), Lukasz Zaluska (POL)
DEFENDERS: Andreas Hinkel (GER),
Glenn Loovens (NETH), Jos Hooiveld (HOL), Darren O’Dea (IRE), Mark Wilson
(SCOT), Paul Caddis (SCOT), Milan Misun (CZECH), Charles Mulgrew (SCOT), Cha Du
Ri (S. KOREA), Thomas Rogne (NOR)
MIDFIELDERS: Scott Brown (SCOT),
Joseph Ledley (WALES), Shaun Maloney (SCOT), Patrick McCourt (IRE), Marc Crosas
(SPAIN), Aiden McGeady (IRE), Simon Ferry (SCOT), James Forrest (SCOT), Ki Sung
Yueng (S. KOREA)
FORWARDS: Marc Fortune (F. Guiana),
Georgios Samaras (GRE), Morten Rasmussen (DEN), Benjamin Hutchison (ENG), Paul
MANAGER: Neil Lennon
ABOUT THE CELTIC FC PLAYERS
ARTUR BORUC – The Polish keeper is a penalty specialist and has won three
League Championship medals with Celtic.
DOMINIC CERVI – An American with
Italian heritage, Cervi is a 23-year old keeper who joined Celtic in 2009.
LUKASZ ZALUSKA – A Polish teammate
of Artur Boruc, Zaluska joined Celtic in 2009 and played heavily in the
ANDREAS HINKEL – This German last
played for Sevilla and joined Celtic in 2008. He is 28 years-old and has been a
consistent defender for Celtic.
GLENN LOOVENS – This defender from
the Netherlands also last played with Cardiff City and helped Celtic win the
Co-operative Insurance Cup in 2009.
JOS HOOIVELD – This Dutch defender
is a strong presence in the air, as he stands 6-foot-3, and he joined Celtic in
January 2010 after playing with AIK Stockholm.
DARREN O’DEA – An Irish defender,
Odea made his club debut in 2006 and also plays for the Irish national team.
MARK WILSON – This defender has been slowed by injury the last few seasons
after joining Celtic in 2006 but won an SPL title with the squad in his first
PAUL CADDIS – A defender who joined the club in 2008, Caddis hails from
Scotland and last played with Dundee United.
MILAN MISUN – Celtic signed this athletic Czech defender in 2009, beating
out many European squads that wanted him after success in his home country.
CHARLES MULGREW – This Scottish
defender spent his previous two seasons with Aberdeen, making 72 appearances
and scoring nine goals before joining Celtic for the second time in 2010. He
last played for the club from 2002-06.
CHA DU RI – Born in Germany, this
defender also played for South Korea in the 2010 World Cup and has spent most
of his career playing in Germany before joining Celtic in 2010.
THOMAS ROGNE – A rising star from
Norway, this defender joined Celtic in 2010 and also plays for the Norwegian
KI SUNG YUENG – One of the best talents to come out of South Korea,
this 21-year old midfielder represented his country in the 2010 World Cup and
made his Celtic debut in January of this year.
JAMES FORREST – This 19-year-old
midfielder is a native of Scotland and joined the club in 2009, making his
first team debut in May 2010.
SIMON FERRY – This Scottish
midfielder rose through the Celtic youth ranks and made his first team debut in
AIDEN MCGEADY – A Celtic veteran,
the midfielder made his first team debut in 2004 and has won seven major
honors while with the club. He also plays for the Irish national team.
PATRICK MCCOURT – A midfielder who
plays internationally for Northern Ireland, McCourt joined Celtic in 2008 and
played with the Reserves.
SHAUN MALONEY – Born in Malaysia,
this midfielder last played with Aston Villa after his first stint with Celtic.
He was the first player to win the SPFA Player of the Year and Young Player of
the Year in the same season in 2006.
JOSEPH LEDLEY – Of Welsh descent,
this midfielder last played for Cardiff City and just recently joined Celtic.
MARC CROSAS – Voted Young Player of the Year by Celtic supporters in 2009,
Crosas is a midfielder with excellent passing ability. He is a native of Spain
and last played for Barcelona.
SCOTT BROWN – This Scottish midfielder was named SPFA Player of the Year in
2009, as well as Celtic Player of the Year. He joined the club in 2007 after
spending five seasons with Hibernian.
MARC FORTUNE – Originally from French Guiana, Fortune is a dangerous
attacker that has been hampered by a knee injury of late.
GEORGIOS SAMARAS – A former Manchester City standout, this Greek attacker
has a nose for the goal and led Celtic in goals scored last season. He also
appeared in the 2010 World Cup for his home country.
MORTEN RASMUSSEN – This striker
joined the club in early 2010 and hails from Denmark, last playing for FC
BENJAMIN HUTCHINSON – This English
striker signed with Celtic in 2008 and scored a goal in his debut with the club
but has recently been sidelined due to injury.
PAUL MCGOWAN – A striker, McGowan led Morton in scoring in the 2006-07
season and made his Celtic debut in 2007.
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