Celtic, Olympique de Marseille and Southampton will provide the glittering opposition in a prestigious friendly tournament at Mariners Park this summer.

Photo: South Shields FC

The four-team competition, which also includes host club South Shields, will be held between Friday, July 27 and Sunday, July 29. In a huge coup, three of the most recognisable clubs in European football will be visiting Mariners Park.

The South Shields FC International Tournament will get underway on July 27, when Scottish giants Celtic take on French side Marseille in a 7.30pm kick-off. South Shields will pit their wits against Southampton at 3pm the following day, before the tournament draws to a close with a third place play-off at 1pm on July 29, and a final at 5pm the same day.

South Shields FC Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “We are delighted to reveal details of the South Shields FC International Tournament.

“To attract clubs of the size of Celtic, Marseille and Southampton to Mariners Park is a massive coup for the club and I’m sure it will generate a lot of excitement with our supporters.

“It promises to be a festival of football as we make new friends from clubs we would once never have even dreamt of coming up against.

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