Celtic and Rangers will meet for the first time outside Glasgow after it was confirmed the Light Blues would be joining their Old Firm rivals in the Sydney Super Cup.
The four-team tournament, which starts on 16 November during the break in domestic football for the World Cup, will be held at the 83,500-seat Accor Stadium and also feature A-League teams Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, the Australian top-flight revealed.
The tournament will see Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou returning to his homeland and the two-time A-League winner and former Socceroos boss admitted it would be an emotional trip.
"There's no doubt it will be special. I know how big this football club is back home and for me to go back as the manager of it, it will be emotional," said the 56-year-old, who moved to Australia from his native Greece as a small child.
"There’s a lot of guys who I grew up with or shared a dressing room with who are die-hard Celtic supporters and they are going to see their mate bringing their team Down Under.
"For the whole football community that I grew up in, they will all take great pride out of somebody who came through their ranks bringing home such a massive football club.
"People are not that aware of the global reach of this football club. If you talk about big football clubs in Australia, Celtic is up there in terms of recognition.
"It’s not the over-riding sport in the country, but if you talk to a football lover or even a sport lover in Australia, Celtic is at the forefront of the clubs that they know.
"Hopefully what this means is that we keep looking at these markets and keep growing the reach of this football club because there are opportunities there to keep fertilising that feeling and connection.
"If you support this football club in Australia, it means you are getting up at two or three in the morning to watch them and that’s a hell of a commitment.
"I knew guys that were doing that every week, going to their local to see this football club play.
"I know this will be super well-received and I know it will help continue growing this club’s legacy on that side of the world."
The news has sparked fierce criticism from some fans of both Glasgow clubs but Rangers say they will make the equivalent of a season's worth of domestic broadcast revenue by featuring in the tournament.
Rangers commercial director James Bisgrove said: "To be frank it’s a sizeable benefit to the club from a commercial perspective to the extent that we have never had an offer of this level for two friendly games, for an international tournament.
"So it is something that the board have unanimously seen as a positive opportunity for Rangers Football Club.
"To put some context around this we have spoken before on the broadcast and media values in Scotland and the club’s view on that has been well documented.
"Participation in this event over eight days will benefit the club to the same level as an entire season in the SPFL."
Both sets of fans outlined opposition to the co-operation between the clubs during their respective cinch Premiership games on Wednesday night.
A banner in the standing section at Celtic Park read: "We’re not half of anything unless there’s money to be made. Shove your 'Old Firm’ friendly up your a***."
A sign among Rangers fans read: "Money over morals. No d£rby friendlies."
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