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Celtic to donate gate receipts from Man Utd match to Oxfam

Celtic will donate part of their gate receipts from an upcoming legends match against Manchester United to the Oxfam Famine Appeal. The Celtic Charity Fund have decided to give their share of the gate takings for the August 9 match to the ongoing food crisis in East Africa with former defender John Kennedy leading the way.

The match was originally planned to be a testimonial for Kennedy but he has waived his amount and will hand it straight to Oxfam in a very generous act.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Celtic's charitable ethos is well known, indeed it is something which defines us as a Club.

"Our Charity Fund is delighted to be playing our part in helping people who are in such real and urgent need. Celtic was formed by children of the Great Irish Famine and it is therefore very appropriate that we choose to assist those affected by such a tragedy in our own time.

"Celtic will always be more than a football club and we will continue to do all we can, at all times to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

"I would like to thank all those players taking part and in particular, I would like to thank John Kennedy. John's gesture is quite magnificent and I know Oxfam are very grateful to him for the real show of support he has made to this very deserving cause."

The match at Celtic Park will feature Hoops heroes such as Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton and United legends Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham whilst Billy Connolly, the Patron of the Celtic Charity Fund, will also be present on the night.

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