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Celtic in tour talks with Australia's Gold Coast Utd

Celtic could face new A-League franchise Gold Coast United next year in Queensland. The Gold Coast Bulletin says just a week after the Queensland Roar nailed down David Beckham's LA Galaxy for a December 11 showpiece, promoters pushing duels against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Celtic have approached United.

And it's Celtic, whose asking price of $2 million is the most cost effective, who have jumped to the top of the queue with negotiations now under way aimed at bringing out Gordon Strachan's team, which includes Socceroo Scott McDonald, in early July to christen the club's Skilled Park stadium.

To play the game at a venue which holds just 27,000, United are seeking to enlist the support of Gold Coast Tourism and the Gold Coast City Council with a view to attracting expat Scots from NSW, Victoria and even New Zealand for the clash.

United's head coach Miron Bleiberg explained: "We're interested in playing them -- it would be a good way to make our entrance into Skilled Park -- but there's a lot of talking to be done yet. We need to see a business plan which might go along the lines of the model which first brought the LA Galaxy last year when they played Sydney FC.

"On that occasion the game had a host of sponsors and the FFA and Sydney FC made plenty of money (after an 80,000 sellout at ANZ Stadium)."

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