Australia keen to bring Celtic back in 2010
The FIFA agent who brought Scottish giant Celtic to Brisbane at the weekend and attracted a crowd of more than 31,000 to Suncorp Stadium would like to bring the Bhoys back to Australia.
Lou Sticca, the Melbourne-based boss of Tribal Sports Management, was the match agent representing Celtic in the negotiations for an Australian game.
Sticca said, "Celtic Football Club had a great time in Australia and was delighted at the level of support and the warmth of the reception in Brisbane.
"Their Football Department made most of the great weather and had four quality sessions of training as they prepare for the first major challenge in a fortnight as they seek to qualify for Champions League.
"There were many thousands of fans that came in from all over Australia and internationally."
The Queensland government backed last Sunday's 'Roar against Racism' match against Brisbane Roar, which merely provided the opposition but did not carry the financial risk.
Sticca, who was also involved in bringing LA Galaxy and David Beckham to Sydney in November 2007, said he had initially sought to bring the Scottish powerhouses to Melbourne or Sydney this year, but had gone north when the Queensland authorities showed more enthusiasm for the venture.
The match attracted Celtic fans from all over the country - 400 came in from Perth alone - and there were supporters of the Glasgow team who had come from Hong Kong for the game.
"To get nearly 32,000 in Brisbane just three days before a State of Origin game was fantastic, but knowing Melbourne as I do had that game been played at Etihad Stadium it would have been a sell out and I think it could have gone close to selling out the MCG.
I discussed it with Melbourne Victory and others in Australia, but Suncorp Stadium was very enthusiastic about it and took the opportunity with both hands.
"Their government there was very supportive.
"Celtic would like to come back at some point in the future.
"Celtic get offers in from all over the world so we will need to start working on 2010 now."