Celtic confirmed overnight that Scottish international, Barry Robson along with Cillian Sheridan and Ben Hutchinson would not be on the plane to Australia on Friday after initially being named in the touring squad.
In their place will be the exciting Italian midfielder, Massimo Donati, defender Paul Caddis and New Zealand’s Chris Killen.
The 27-year old Wellington-born striker has represented the White Caps 26 times and is viewed as an important part of Manager Tony Mowbray’s plans going forward. Killen arrived at Celtic Park in 2007 after stints at Hibs, Oldham, Port Vale, Wrexham and Manchester City.
Donati joined from AC Milan during summer 2007 on a four-year deal. During his time with the Rossoneri, he had loan spells at Parma, Torino, Sampdoria, Messina and, last season, at former club Atalanta. He has been capped 26 times at Under-21 level for Italy.
Celtic insiders believe that as a result of these changes, the Hoops squad to take on Brisbane is both stronger and better balanced. They say it reinforces the seriousness that Mowbray is placing on this game as part of his preparation for the club’s European Cup qualifying final on 28 July.
The high profile match is also part of the Q150 Festival of Sport, which will showcase some of the biggest events on the Australian sporting calendar at Queensland world-class sporting and entertainment venues. Tickets are now available at Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au. Further information can be found at www.roarvceltic.com.