Hollywood star Gerard Butler joins Celtic for charity match

August 8, 2011 | Charity Work

The Bounty Hunter star is to don the hoops against Manchester United for east Africa famine appeal.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler is to play for Celtic in a charity match against Manchester United to help raise money to tackle famine in east Africa, the Glasgow club has announced.

The lifelong Celtic fan will pull on the famous hooped jersey for the first time in the “legends” charity match, which will see a host of former players and celebrity fans from both sides battle it out at Parkhead on Tuesday.

A club spokesperson said The Bounty Hunter star is “delighted at getting the opportunity to play at Celtic Park”.

The 41-year-old Paisley-born actor, who rose to fame in action film 300, will be joined in the Parkhead side by Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and manager Neil Lennon.

Former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton, boxer Steve Collins and The View band members Pete Reilly and Kyle Falconer will also be in the line-up.

Meanwhile, former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan will pull on his former jersey to suit up for Manchester United.

He will be joined by Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to raise money for the crisis.

Other celebrities playing for the visitors include singers Richard Ashcroft, Tinchy Stryder and Simon Webbe and former Have I Got News For You host Angus Deayton.

Celebrities including Billy Connolly will also be at Parkhead with collection buckets, encouraging Hoops and United supporters to help ease the suffering in the Horn of Africa.

A share of the proceeds will benefit former Celtic defender John Kennedy, whose career was cut short by an injury sustained during a Scotland international match against Romania at Hampden Park.

Celtic manager Lennon said he was “very excited” about the match.

He said: “Manchester United have had some great teams over the years, and a lot of the players will be turning up for that.

“The history of our club was that it was started as a charitable organisation for Irish immigrants in Glasgow and we have carried that through year after year on donating to charity ever since.

“We just hope on the night it’s a great occasion and we get a lot of people through the turnstiles.”

The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday.

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