Doddie Weir to team up with Celtic Football Club for MND charity football match

Scottish football club Celtic have teamed up with former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir to organise a charity football match, raising funds for MND research.

Lions’ Roar

The charity match, titled the Lions’ Roar match, will take place at Celtic Park in Glasgow and will support research aimed at tackling motor neurone disease (MND).

Net Proceeds from the match will go towards research into he disease and providing care to sufferers through the Celtic FC Foundation and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Players from the worlds of football, rugby and entertainment will come together for the game on 8 May.

Research and support

In 2017 Doddie announced that he had been diagnosed with MND and has since raised more than £5million through his foundation to fund research and care.

Along with raising vital funds for research, Celtic’s involvement in the match is partially in tribute to former player Jimmy Johnstone. Jimmy, who has been voted as the club’s greatest ever player, died from the disease in 2006.

Credit: @mndVIPteam on Twitter

Approximately one in 50,000 people will develop MND in one year, with over 5,000 people in the UK affected at any one time.

The disease affects nerve cells which control the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow.

The all-star lineup for the game is yet to be announced, but tickets will be priced at £14 for adults and £6 for concessions. Tickets will be available to Celtic season ticket holders before going on sale to the general public on 16 March.

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