Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown join Stiliyan to tackle cancer

STILIYAN Petrov was ecstatic at receiving calls from both Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown at the weekend, confirming their participation in this year’s charity match.

A Match for Cancer, sponsored by Dafabet, will take place at Celtic Park on Saturday, September 8, 2018 (KO: 2pm) – and will see Celtic legend, Stiliyan and Liverpool midfielder, James Milner pull together opposing squads from the worlds of football and entertainment.

Every penny raised will be devoted to tackling cancer through three equal beneficiary charities – Celtic FC Foundation, The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and The James Milner Foundation.

Brendan Rodgers will manage the Petrov squad on the day and Scott Brown will feature on the hallowed turf. Stiliyan, who has bravely battled through Leukaemia since being diagnosed in 2012, is absolutely delighted to have both Celts on board.

He said: “Brendan is doing such a fantastic job at Celtic and has the team playing beautiful and entertaining football, and Broony continues to lead them majestically on the park. To win a Double Treble was an extraordinary achievement and I look forward to yet more success this season.

“lt’s a real honour that they have committed their support to A Match for Cancer and it means the world to have them both on board.

“It was fantastic to be back at Celtic Park for Flag Day on Saturday and the love, warmth and support from the Celtic Family is as strong today as it was during my own personal cancer fight. They really are completely unique. Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and I have every faith they will get behind this cause in great numbers, as they always do.”

Stiliyan has laid down the gauntlet to James as he announced his impressive squad for the day:

Shay Given

Artur Boruc

Scott Brown

Henrik Larsson

Lubo Moravcik

Paddy McCourt

John Hartson

Joos Valgaeren

Johan Mjallby

Robbie Keane

Tosh McKinlay

Jackie McNamara

Simon Donnelly

Gareth Barry

Hristo Stoichkov

Luis Garcia

Gaizka Mendieta


Martin Compston

Tickets for A Match for Cancer are now on general sale, on a first come first served basis – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £14 for adults and £6 for concessions*. 

Tickets are available to purchase online at, by calling 0871 226 1888** or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office. The lower tier will be on sale in the first instance and Rail Seating does not apply to this match.

Premium tickets (£30) and corporate packages (£135) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888** (Option 4) or emailing [email protected] 

* Concessions 65+/Under 16s.

** Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply online and via our sales line.