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Lennon links up with O'Neil again
Published : 11 Apr 2011 18:47:08
Ex-Celts will turn out for John Kennedy. Neil Lennon will meet up with his former manager Martin O'Neill when Celtic take on the 'Seville Celts' in a tribute game for former defender John Kennedy on Sunday, 22 May. O'Neill managed the side which made it to the UEFA Cup final against Porto in Seville in 2003 and will manage a select side which will include Chris Sutton and John Hartson, who will play alongside the current Celtic management team of Lennon, Johan Mjallby and Alan Thompson. Fans' favourite and Celtic legend, Lubo Moravcik will also take part in the game and other former stars participating will be announced in due course. Kennedy, who had to retire from football at the age of 26 because of his failure to recover from a knee injury, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to arrange this match. To have Martin O'Neill and many great former players agree to return to Celtic Park and play in this match is a huge honour for me. I have many memories from my time playing in the first team and I'm sure this day will be another day to remember." Lennon added: "I'm delighted to take part in this match for John. It was incredibly sad that a player of John's considerable talent had to retire at such a young age due to injury. However, it will be fantastic to play once again for Martin O'Neill and team up with many of my former team mates - in particular those I played with in Seville. I'm sure everyone who turns up on the day will have a fantastic time."