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Cardiff City 0-0 Celtic

Glenn Loovens and Paul Parry lead the way as the teams come out of the tunnel
Glenn Loovens and Paul Parry lead the way as the teams come out of the tunnel

Cardiff marked the official opening of their new 27,000 all-seater stadium by holding a strong Celtic line-up to a goalless draw in a pre-season friendly.

Celtic, urged on by more than 1,000 fans in a 15,000 crowd, kept home keeper David Marshall busy early on.

Cardiff battled their way back into a high-intensity game, ex-Rangers man Chris Burke denied a late winner when Lukasz Zaluska saved his low drive.

Scotland and Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton hobbled off with an injury.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones says that the full-back was taken off as a precaution with an inflamed ankle.

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"He will have a scan at the club on Thursday," Jones told BBC Sport Wales.

In another worry for the Bluebirds, Phil Brown was in the stands, the Hull manager thought to be running the rule over transfer targets Joe Ledley and Ross McCormack.

The match was Cardiff's second at the new stadium, following a 4-0 friendly win over Chasetown two weeks ago.

For Celtic, the game marked another step forward in their preparations for the forthcoming Champions League qualifier with Dinamo Moscow after triumphing 3-0 in their opening pre-season game against Brisbane Roar.

They now have the weekend Wembley Cup clashes with leading Egyptian outfit Al Ahly and Tottenham to iron out any remaining faults before the action starts for real.


Cardiff manager Dave Jones:
"We have got to try to turn [the new stadium] into our home and that is what I said to the players before the game, that we have got to go out and perform.

"Everyone associated with the club can be proud of [this occasion] and the new stadium and I was pleased with what we got from the game.

"At this stage it is about fitness levels and we are running at about 85% at present."



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50m Cardiff City Stadium opens
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Inside Cardiff's new stadium
22 Jul 09 |  Wales
No excuses this time - Bothroyd
22 Jul 09 |  Cardiff
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11 Jul 09 |  Cardiff
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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