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Valencia bails, Celtic an exciting replacement

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Replacing David Silva and David Villa is not easy. Replacing them when it was pretty certain they wouldn’t play due to World Cup duties makes things much easier. Regardless, Valencia pulled out of their match at PPL Park as well as the rest of their American tour. Glasgow Celtic helped soften the blow for Union fans everywhere. Celtic will visit PPL Park on Wednesday, July 14th at 8:00PM, a mid-week night game that should draw a sell-out crowd.

Celtic finished as the Scottish Premier League runner-ups this season but have 42 league championships throughout the years. Along with Robbie Keane (who may or may not return on loan for the 2010-2011 season), the Hoops also boast the likes of Irish international Aiden McGeady, former Barca youngster Marc Crosas, Scottish international and Bhoys captain Scott Brown, and Greek striker Giorgios Samaras. All in all, a pretty comparable game to the one Valencia was originally prepared to give us.

“Celtic Football Club has enjoyed many successful visits to the United States and we are sure that our match in Philadelphia will be another great occasion,” commented Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell.  “We know Philadelphia Union is a fantastic club and is also drawing some great opposition in the form of Manchester United, so I am sure Union supporters will have some fantastic matches to look forward to this summer”

This game will replace the Valencia game in the season ticket plan, acting as Game A in your package.

What do you think of a Union/Celtic match-up? Think we could match-up against the Scottish giants?

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