Oh bhoy: Henrik Larsson and Gerard Butler shine at Celtic match

Celtic fans enjoyed a star-studded night of football when they attended last night’s charity match between Celtic and Manchester United.

The tribute match for former defender John Kennedy, who had his career cut short by injury, raised over £300,000 for Oxfam's East Africa Appeal.

The talent (in every sense of the word) which took to the field was impressive.

One of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for Celtic legend Henrik Larsson, who scored a hat-trick and made a further assist to help Celtic come back from 2-0 down to win 5-2. Bobby Petta sealed victory with the final two goals.

Fans were also delighted when Scots movie star Gerard Butler appeared, although his ball skills weren’t quite on par with his acting talents.

Paisley man Gerard is a lifelong Celtic fan and he relished every moment playing alongside heroes of the game, but he struggled to keep up with the fast pace of the pros.

That didn’t seem to bother fans who gave him a standing ovation as he left the pitch.

Even Larsson, pictured above, looked fairly impressed with Butler’s buff body as the pair shared a joke in the changing room.

Former Celtic star John Hartson (who talks about his own charity work in an interview in the video player above) later Tweeted: “Gerard butler just walked on team bus!! Looks a million dollars!!”

Alongside Larsson, Petta and Hartson in the Celtic side were the current management team of Neil Lennon, Johan Mjallby and Alan Thompson, with other club favourites such as Lubomir Moravcik, Chris Sutton and Didier Agathe amongst many former players back for a run-out.

Nicky Byrne and Kyle from The View were also in the Celtic line-up while Manchester United, managed by Gordon Strachan, featured the likes of Roy Keane, Brian McClair, Dion Dublin, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Kielty, Angus Deayton, Tinchy Stryder and Nigel Benn.

Tinchy Tweeted: “I'm in Glasgow... Playing in the Man Utd vs Celtic legends/celebs game, jus walked past Roy Keane in the hotel, looks like an angry man lol”

By all accounts, it seems a great night was had by all – fans and players – raising funds for a worthy cause.

Head of Oxfam Scotland Judith Robertson said: "I want to thank everyone who played in, organised or simply came along to watch the match. It was a fantastic night's entertainment, and a reminder of the real difference football can make in the world.

"People have been really generous, and I'm delighted to say we've raised £300,000 so far. That money will make a real difference to families living in east Africa, providing the kind of things that it is difficult sometimes to imagine ever living without: water, food and shelter."


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