FOOTBALL: Celtic to debut in new U21 competition at SuperCup NI

Irish pair Fiacre Kelleher and goalkeeper Connor Hazard hope to be with the Celtic squad at the U-21 SuperCupNI.
Irish pair Fiacre Kelleher and goalkeeper Connor Hazard hope to be with the Celtic squad at the U-21 SuperCupNI.

Scottish giants Celtic will make their first ever appearance at the SuperCupNI this summer.

The Glasgow club will help launch a new Under-21 competition at the international tournament, which kicks off on Saturday, July 23.

Chairman Victor Leonard said: “Celtic have been extremely positive about the idea since we first approached them.

“It is exciting for us to break new ground, not only with the inauguration of a new competition but also in welcoming a club of the calibre of Celtic to the event.

“We have enjoyed a healthy relationship in the past and their participation is also a fitting tribute to one of our tournament’s founders, Bertie Peacock, who was captain of Celtic during a highly successful era at Parkhead during the 1950s.”

The tournament draw will take place at W5 in the Odyssey complex, Belfast, next month.