Turkey and all the trimmings for Bhoys in winter warmer

Celtic will take part in a mid-season tournament in Turkey, the organisers of the competition have confirmed.

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Didier Drogba and Galatasaray will play in tournament
Didier Drogba and Galatasaray will play in tournament

The Hoops have signed up to take part in the Antalya Winter Cup, which runs between January 8 and 12, alongside Turkish sides Galatasaray and Trabzonspor, while their recent Champions League opponents Ajax are also involved.

The Parkhead outfit have already postponed their SPFL Premiership meeting with Kilmarnock on January 11 so they can take part in the event, which will be staged at the 7100-capacity Akdeniz Universitesi-Stadion in Antalya.

Celtic will face Trabzonspor - whose squad includes former Hibernian defender Sol Bamba and ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda - in the second semi-final on Thursday, January 9.

Ajax and Galatasaray open the competition the day before.

The two losing semi-finalists will meet in a third-place play-off on Saturday, January 11, with the winner to be decided 24 hours later when the final takes place.

If Neil Lennon's side match Ajax's result, it will set up their third meeting of the season. Celtic registered their only group stage success when they beat the Dutch champions 2-1 in Glasgow but they lost the return 1-0 in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, Japanese internationalist Hiroki Yamada is training with the Scottish champions at Lennoxtown this week.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who plays for Jubilo Iwata in Japan, is spending a week in Scotland with Celtic.


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