September 4, 2014 News

X-Men star James McAvoy donates 1,000 tickets for MAESTRIO match

James McAvoyJames McAvoy has tonight made a fantastic gesture in support of this Sunday’s MAESTRIO Charity Match at Celtic Park (KO: 2pm).

The Hollywood star and Celtic fan, who is part of Paul McStay’s Maestros squad, has generously donated 1,000 match tickets and is encouraging the Celtic Family to support the event.

404 Not Found And in the true spirit of Celtic, an anonymous supporter who is based between California and Glasgow has matched James McAvoy’s wonderful gesture and donated a further 1,000 tickets.

The Ticket Office at Celtic Park opens at 9.30am today, and the first TWO THOUSAND Maestrio tickets sold – where the purchaser quotes ‘James McAvoy’ – will also receive a complimentary ticket, courtesy of the X-Men star.

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Not surprisingly, James is looking forward to Sunday’s match at Paradise and getting the opportunity to pull on his beloved green and white Hoops.

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“It will be fantastic,” James told the official Celtic website. “Even if I only get on for five minutes, it’s just an absolute honour to be invited.

“The thing you have to keep in mind is that you’re getting a huge gift and also keep in mind the reason why you’re there.

“So it’s a case of coming along, giving your all and trying as hard as you can, and also trying not to get overwhelmed by it all, and to honour, not just Celtic and Celtic Park, but the whole charity aspect of the occasion.

“We started as a charity and the fact that Celtic have managed to remain connected to those initial roots and the genesis of the club is amazing.

“So in this era when football seems to have become all about money, it’s just good that Celtic can stay connected to their charitable roots and keep doing these special things, and linking up with Rio Ferdinand’s foundation is great as well.”

Net proceeds of the match, which is sponsored by Flip and Magners, will be split between Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

Celtic FC Foundation have selected UNICEF and War Child as main beneficiaries, specifically to support their humanitarian work in the Middle East.

Tickets are on general sale, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

They are available to purchase ONLINE, by calling 0871 226 1888*, or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office.

Premium tickets (£35) and corporate packages (£125) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888* (option 4) or emailing

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