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.
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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 ROSTER
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 McGowan (SCOT)
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 pre-season.
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 season.
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 national team.
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 2007.
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 Brondby.
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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