July 16, 2014 News

Paul McStay set for MAESTRIO match

PAUL McStay will make a more than welcome return to Paradise when his Maestros take on Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the MAESTRIO match, sponsored by Flip, on Sunday, September 7.safe_image

A host of former Celts managed by the Hoops legend will take to the field against a top select pulled together by the former Manchester United and England legend at Paradise as Celtic FC Foundation kick-off their 2014/15 season with a bang.

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And the Maestro is more than delighted to be asked to manage a Hoops team on such a notable occasion.

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Speaking exclusively in this week’s Celtic View he said: “Everybody connected with the club knows about the charitable roots and how it all started and I think the tradition has grown even stronger over the years.

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“Especially with the Celtic FC Foundation now and the big events that have taken place to raise a lot of money so now things have taken a step further with big games and loads of fundraising events.”

The MAESTRIO match follows in the footsteps of other such fundraising matches such as the games in memory of Phil O’Donnell and Tommy Burns and last season’s Stiliyan Petrov spectacular.

McStay said: “It will be nice to manage the team and it was nice to be asked when I am sure there are many others who could step into those shoes.

“But I’ll be delighted to do it for the day and looking at the list of players who have agreed to turn up already and give up their time for these worthwhile cause, it looks like it will be a great day

“I don’t know what Rio’s team is like or who is in his squad – but that will be interesting!”

He’s focusing on his own squad, though, and with the likes of Lubo Moravcik, Chris Sutton, John Hartson, Craig Bellamy, Stiliyan Petrov and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink among others already signed up, he may have the usual manager’s headache in selecting a team.

Stars of stage and screen such as James McAvoy and Martin Compston will also be appearing while there will also be a few names that McStay shared the hallowed turf of Paradise with back in the day – Frank McAvennie, Tom Boyd, Tosh McKinlay, Peter Grant, Simon Donnelly and Jackie McNamara among them.

He said:  “I’m looking forward to seeing some old faces, I’m just looking through a few here and I’m sure one or two of them will be very old!

“There are a few ‘young’ ones, though, who I’m sure will do all the running.

“It’s just great that such an occasion can be organised and sure there will be many Celtic fans there, Man United fans as well, to help support the event.”

Another couple of names penned in on the team-sheet are those of Willie and Raymond McStay.

Paul McStayAll three played in the benefit match for former Celt Ronnie Coyle at Starks Park in 2011, but the MAESTRIO match means we could see all three McStay brothers on the Celtic Park pitch at the same time for the first time.

However, the manager said:  “I see their names there but who says they’re going to be in the team?

“First of all it will be great to get back and just say hello to them, but for our family to be a part of that occasion is just fantastic.

“There are a few names that played in Ronnie’s game as well so whenever there’s a call-out, they respond.”

He added: “I think it will be a lot of fun but being old pros, everyone will want to win and why not?

“But the main thing is to put on entertainment for the fans that come along and make it a really good memorable occasion.

“The couple of times I’ve been back it’s been great just being back at Celtic Park with the atmosphere.

“Again, it will be good to be back it’s under different circumstances and hopefully the Celtic crowd will be out in their numbers.

“It’s a fun day and the main thing is the crowd so hopefully they’ll be very supportive as they always are for these types of events whether it’s local supporters’ events they have or whether it’s big ones that the club holds,.

“They always turn out in numbers and these are a couple of great causes so I’m sure they will be there.”

For the full interview with Paul McStay, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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McStay’s Maestros take on Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the MAESTRIO match, sponsored by Flip, at Celtic Park on Sunday, September 7 and tickets are on sale now – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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