Liverpool v Celtic: Legends squad confirmed for visit to Anfield

Celtic Legends travel to Anfield to face a Liverpool Legends XI in a charity match to benefit both The Celtic Foundation and a selection of Liverpool Foundation charities. The charitable wing of the Scottish Champions have teamed up with LFC Foundation to bring the fantastic Legends Charity Match to Anfield.

The game will be played at Anfield on 25 March 2023 between Liverpool and Celtic Legends with a sizeable Celtic support expected to travel down for the game. Around 40,000 fans are expected to attend with 4k in the away end. However, Celtic have confirmed the squad for the game.

Former Celtic captain Paul Lambert will be in the dugout at Anfield as manager. Another former skipper, Tom Boyd, will assist the Champions League winner.

Goalkeeping duties will be split between The Holy Goalie Artur Boruc. The Polish goalkeeper retired last summer, with Celtic playing in his testimonial in Warsaw.
He will be joined by Newcastle and Man City legend Shay Given. The Irishman came through at Barrowfield but never signed a deal.

Artur Boruc Celtic v Hearts Celtic Park, Glasgow 15 October 2005 Photo: Allstar/Richard Selle

In defence, Celtic B team co-manager Darren O’Dea will play. Glenn Loovens, Ramon Vega and Lee Naylor will also make an appearance. A couple of household Celtic favourites Mikael Lustig and Emilio Izaguirre will also be back playing for Celtic.

Celtic will be captained by Stiliyan Petrov. Joining the Bulgarian star in midfield, Celtic have a few prominent names – Joe Ledley, Massimo Donati, Ross Wallace, Simon Donnelly, Niall McGinn and Marc Crosas. Player-turned-podcaster-turned-coach Si Ferry will play in the Hoops again, as will ex-West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair.

Joe Ledley (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In attack, Irish legend Robbie Keane will play a half each between the Green and White and the red of Liverpool. Dutch centre forward Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink will pull on the Hoops again. Big Jan was a favourite for Gordon Strachan. The attack is completed by Norwegian striker Harald Brattbakk, who scored that goal against St Johnstone in May 1998 to secure the League Title and stop Rangers winning 10IAR.


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