Report: Everton not the only club in talks to join Celtic in Sydney

By David Walton

July 5, 2022

AC Milan have held talks to potentially join Celtic at the Sydney Super Cup in November, according to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 05/07, page 72].

Reports in Australia had stated over the weekend that English Premier League side Everton were in discussions over potentially taking Rangers’ place in the competition [Kick 360].

But the Scottish Daily Mail believe they aren’t the only club to have been in talks about potential inclusion. Indeed, Serie A heavyweights AC Milan are also believed to be in the frame. There has yet to be any confirmation as to who the 4th club involved will be as Celtic, Sydney FC, and Western Sydney Wanderers.

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The organisers of the competition stated that they would announce the final participant soon. And from the outside, it certainly appears as if it’s going to be a tasty encounter whoever ends up joining.

Celtic are due to face Sydney FC on November 17th and it’s expected the Hoops will face a second side when the final club is announced.

The Sydney Super Cup is being billed as Ange Postecoglou’s homecoming tour, something that no doubt led to Rangers dropping out of the competition in a messy fashion [Daily Record].

Celtic vs AC Milan would capture the supporters’ imagination

There’s something about the prospect of facing AC Milan that would just feel right. It would be something the supporters would be looking forward to whether they attended the game or watched it from home.

The Hoops last met the Rossoneri back in the 2020/21 campaign. Neil Lennon’s side lost 3-1 at Celtic Park before falling to a 4-2 loss in Milan during their Europa League venture.

But Celtic have had some famous performances against AC in the past. Our emmorable 2-1 win back in 2007 won’t ever be forgotten back when Milan were reigning European champions. We also held them to a 0-0 draw in the last-16 of the Champions League too.

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It’s a fixture not only packed with drama but also tradition. 2 huge clubs who always serve up terrific football when they come up against each other.

But the Hoops fans would also likely look forward to a clash with Frank Lampard’s Everton if that’s to be confirmed in the near future. When the time comes, all that matters is that we give the best account of ourselves possible.

It’s worth remembering that the likes of Celtic, Everton, and Milan would all have regular starters at the World Cup should they compete in the competition.

In other news, Celtic look primed to avoid repeat of 2021 deadline day mayhem