Celtic to name a strong XI at Oriel

Padraig Whelan

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Padraig Whelan

Celtic to name a strong XI at Oriel
Tommy Boyd - who joked that he will be captain, manager, boot boy and water carrier – will lead a strong Celtic team in their clash with the 2002 FAI Cup winning Dundalk squad on Saturday

Tommy Boyd - who joked that he will be captain, manager, boot boy and water carrier – will lead a strong Celtic team in their clash with the 2002 FAI Cup winning Dundalk squad on Saturday

“We have some great players in this team from the team that stopped Rangers winning 10 in a row, players from even before that time and players from the side that won the Treble too.”

Among the names confirmed for the Bhoys are a trio of ex-Dutch internationals in Pierre van Hooijdonk, Bobby Petta and Regi Blinker, a man with Oriel Park connections in Joe Miller and fan favourites like Alan Stubbs and Rudi Vata and Boyd says that while the hunger for the game never leaves them, neither does the will to win and that is what they will be out to do.

“The lads all just love football and love the occasion and the passion for playing this game never leaves you even if your body does a little sometimes,” he laughed. “But it should be fun and we hope it will be a fun occasion but we do want to win it and that’s why we have a strong squad coming over Celtic also like to win games and that’s what we will be trying to do.”