The FAI have confirmed that an ‘Ireland XI’ will face Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial in May of this year.
Reports on Monday morning had suggested that the Boys in Green (with the ‘XI’ moniker as it is not a FIFA-regulated fixture) had been chosen as the Bhoys’ opponents for the clash in Parkhead, to mark the captain’s decade as a Celtic player.
The game will take place at Parkhead on Sunday May 20th, the same weekend as the Scottish Cup final and just over a week before Martin O’Neill’s side travel to the Stade de France to take on Euro 2016 finalists France, with the visit of the US to the Aviva Stadium to follow the following week.
An Ireland XI previously faced off against a Celtic XI in the testimonial of former player Jackie McNamara in 2005. On that occasion, with Martin O’Neill in the other dugout coincidentally enough, Ireland won 1-0 thanks to a Robbie Keane strike (and saw Aiden McGeady play for both teams).
Brown joined Celtic from Hibs in the summer of 2007, and has since made over 450 appearances for the club. The 32-year-old has enjoyed an immensely successful period in Glasgow, winning seven Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and four League cups.
Having won the domestic treble last season, Brown is on course to captain the side to a similar feat in this campaign.