Celtic have stepped in to help cash-strapped Northern Irish club Derry City by agreeing to stage a fund-raising match at the Brandywell Stadium.

The game will be staged on October 2 and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill had no hesitation in coming to the rescue of the League of Ireland outfit. O'Neill said, "We received a call from Derry City and were informed that the club was in some distress. We are delighted to be sending the team over to Derry and hope this match assists in some way to alleviate the club's financial difficulties."

O’Neill, whose ties with the city are well known, added, “It is not long ago since Derry City was the best supported club in the League of Ireland and obviously, having spent a number of years in the city during my youth, I have an affinity with Derry.”

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Filed by Shane Murray