IN the annals of Celtic’s history, only a chosen few exemplify the outrageous talent, skill and inventiveness required to become an immortal – and next year, Celtic FC Foundation will bring two legends back to Paradise for a titanic clash.
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As team-mates, Henrik Larsson and Lubomir Moravcik were at the forefront of one of the greatest Celtic teams of the modern era, achieving legendary status as part of a decorated side that claimed, among many other accolades, a domestic treble in the 2000/01 season.
Henrik’s Heroes versus Lubo’s Legends will take place at Celtic Park at 2pm on the last Sunday in May, with a host of ex-players and celebrities lined up to participate in what promises to be a special day in Paradise raising funds for Celtic FC Foundation, the Club’s charitable arm.
On next year’s charity match, Henrik Larsson, said: “I’m honoured to be involved in this game for Celtic FC Foundation, which I have learned a lot about in the past year. Returning to Celtic Park, where I experienced so many career highlights, will be truly special for me and my family.
“Now, attention turns to assembling a team to beat my old friend, Lubo. I’ll be making some calls over the next few months and pulling out all the stops. There is no way I’m losing this one!”
At the prospect of facing off against his friend and ex-teammate, Lubomir Moravcik, said: “It’s always humbling to play in a charity match at Celtic Park, the site of countless fond memories and personal triumphs. I know what the Foundation are doing and what difference it makes to people which is why I’ve got involved.
“Seeing familiar faces and putting the boots on again will be very exciting and I’m really looking forward to running out in front of the fans again. As far as team selection, I’ll have a few tricks up my sleeve – Henrik has no chance!”
Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, added: “These two Celts are truly among the greatest ever to wear our beloved Hoops and I am very grateful that they have given up their time to help Celtic FC Foundation.
“Our work in the community is steadily moving on with the backing of the Club’s supporters and its executive and staff. Having a showcase end to the season will allow us to develop that work and help more people who need it.
“I’m sure this match will be eagerly anticipated by fans young and old, and over the coming months, we’ll steadily reveal who’ll be playing. Rest assured, this will be a day not to miss at Paradise.”
Further details on the ‘Henrik’s Heroes’ versus ‘Lubo’s Legends’ charity match, including ticket information, which areas of H.E.L.P. the Foundation will focus on and team line-ups, will be announced in the New Year on www.celticfc.net