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Celtic and Rangers consider US summer friendly

Darren O'Dea and Steven Davis
Celtic and Rangers have never played each other outside of Glasgow before

Rangers and Celtic are considering an offer to play a friendly in the USA this summer.

The fierce rivals have never met outside Glasgow but could be set to meet in Boston during a close-season tour of North America in July.

A US-based promotions company is behind the plan, which is at an early stage.

Celtic are tentatively scheduled to play Manchester United in Toronto in July, while Rangers are believed to be arranging games in Miami and New York.

The venue for any derby would likely be the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, where Celtic drew 1-1 with New England Revolution in July 2006.


More than 16,000 spectators were in attendance for that match but organisers would be confident of selling out the 68,756-capacity ground for an Old Firm game, generating some much-needed revenue for both clubs.

A similar proposal was mooted six years ago, with Australia as the host country, but the match never materialised.

The general secretary of the Rangers Supporters' Association believes an Old Firm game played in Boston or elsewhere in the USA in the summer would be "quite a spectacle".

John McMillan told BBC Scotland: "I'm quite sure from the point of view of ex-pat fans and American/Canadian locals who are fans, it would be quite a spectacle.

"Celtic have a large support in the Boston area, so from that point of view it would be attractive.

"There would be some security concerns surrounding the match, but if the right precautions are taken, it could be a good thing."

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