Stiliyan Petrov is confident he will be able to play some part in a foundation game in his name at Celtic Park.
The former Aston Villa and Hoops midfielder, who was forced into retirement after being diagnosed with leukaemia last year, will lead a ‘Stiliyan XI’ versus a ‘Celtic XI’ on Sunday, 8 September at Parkhead and hopes to be involved from a playing perspective.
“I will play part of my benefit game, definitely,” he said.
“I’m currently trying to get fit and lose a bit of weight.
“I’m not going to lie, I trained with some of the young boys at Villa and my body is still aching.
“My schedule has been running, bike rides and some gym work.
“It’s difficult considering what I went through last year, but I will definitely play a bit of the game.
“I’m good right now. I’m on a maintenance programme, which is a softer treatment.
“I’m finished the intensive chemotherapy and I’m in remission, which is really positive. Everything is going to plan so far.”