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.

“We also look forward to welcoming supporters of each of the three clubs to Mariners Park, where there is sure to be a friendly atmosphere which all of the family will enjoy.

“It’s not every day that clubs of this stature come to Mariners Park so we’re sure our own fans will also make the most of it.

“We’re confident it will a memorable weekend for all connected with the club.”

Celtic, Marseille and Southampton will each be bringing their Under-23s side to participate in the tournament.

South Shields FC Joint Manager Lee Picton said: “The tournament at Mariners Park will provide a really high level of tactical and physical test for the squad, which will be vital in order to prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead next season.

“We will be looking at quite a high number of new players within our squad and it will be really interesting for myself and Graham (Fenton) to see how they, along with our returning players of course, deal with those challenges.”

Read more: southshieldsfc.co.uk

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