Spurs to Face Celtic in Friendly in Finland
English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have announced they are to face Scottish Champions Celtic in a in a pre-season friendly on Saturday August 2nd. The fixture will take place at the Helsinki's Olympic Stadium with a kick off time of 15:30 local time. Celtic had provisionally announced a summer friendly against German club Bayer Leverkusen to take place on the same day, which suggests the fixtures will form part of a summer mini tournament. Last season the Helsinki Olympic Stadium hosted a glamour friendly between English sides Manchester City and Arsenal.
The London giants are currently without a manager following the sacking of Tim Sherwood. Speculation persists as to whether Celtic coach Neil Lennon will be offered a high profile job in England or whether he will remain in Glasgow for yet another crack at the Champions League.
Spurs finished a respectable 6th place in the Premiership but the dismissal of Andre Villa Boas and Sherwood suggest the club have more lofty ambitions. For the first time in 60 years, the 1954 World Cup in Sweden, an England World Cup squad will have no Tottenham players in it. Several Tottenham players took part in the 2014 qualifying campaign, with Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend playing particularly important roles in the qualifying stage but both players missed out on selection through injury. It is all the more bizarre as during the last World Cup no English club had more players that Spurs, with five individuals selected from the White Hart Lane club. However, seven Tottenham players will travel to Brazil with their respective nations.
Celtic will have some competitive games under their belt by the time the Helsinki match arrives. As Scottish champions, they will enter the Champions League qualifying stage at the Second Qualifying Round, where games will be played on the 15th/16th of July.