Celtic to honour retired great Petrov with charity match | Scottish Football News | Tribal Football

Celtic will hold a charity match in honour of former star midfielder Stiliyan Petrov.

Celtic will hold a charity match in honour of former star midfielder Stiliyan Petrov.

The 33-year old Bulgarian was forced to retire from football in May, whilst with Aston Villa, because of his ongoing battle with leukaemia and will now be honoured with a match to celebrate his career at Celtic Park.

Some of Petrov’s former teammates along with other players and celebrity fans will turn out in Parkhead on September 8 for the event.

“I’m absolutely delighted that this game is going to take place at Celtic Park,” Petrov told the club’s official website.

“It will be a wonderful start for my foundation, and I’m really happy to be coming back to a place where I spent seven brilliant years. It will be great to see everyone there.”

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell added: “Stiliyan was a wonderful servant to the club and his drive, commitment and natural flair made him a true fans’ favourite.

“He has shown remarkable courage and determination in his battle against leukaemia and we will continue to support him as his recovery continues.

“We are absolutely delighted to host this charity match which will provide our supporters with a collective opportunity to show their appreciation and love for one of our own.”

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