Limerick line up Glasgow Celtic for glamour friendly

Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon could bring his side to Limerick for a friendly game this summer
SCOTTISH Premier League champions Glasgow Celtic are among the big names being lined up to take part in a glamour friendly with Limerick FC at Thomond Park.

SCOTTISH Premier League champions Glasgow Celtic are among the big names being lined up to take part in a glamour friendly with Limerick FC at Thomond Park.

Limerick FC’s top brass are understood to have already met with representatives of Celtic with a view to organising a summer friendly between the two clubs in Limerick.

Limerick FC hosted then English Premier League champions, Manchester City in a high profile friendly at the famed rugby venue last August.

Celtic, who enjoy an enormous fan base in Ireland, have already committed to playing Liverpool in a pre-season fixture, dubbed the ‘Dublin Decider’ at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, August 10.

A spokesman for Limerick FC said the club was currently speaking with a number of European clubs, including English Premier League sides, with a view to taking part in a pre-season friendly in Limerick this summer. It is expected that an announcement in relation to a marquee summer friendly involving Limerick FC, currently sixth in the Premier Division, and a top ranked side at Thomond Park will be made in the coming weeks.

More than 20,000 soccer fans flocked to Thomond Park to see a Manchester City side packed with international stars, showcase their talents against the Super Blues last August. After several false dawns, when the likes of Barcelona had been lined up for glamour visits to Limerick, only for the fixture to fall through, big time soccer finally came to the city.

Man City, who included four seasoned internationals who played in the 2012 European Championships, in their starting line-up last August, eased to a 4-0 win over a plucky Limerick FC side. Thomond Park also hosted a soccer friendly involving Sunderland and a Munster selection three years ago. The Republic of Ireland also played two international friendlies there in recent seasons, against South Africa and Australia.