CELTIC could face Lionel Messi and his Barcelona superstars in America’s money-spinning International Champions Cup in July.
Organisers Relevent Sports are set to confirm dates and details of this year’s line-up in a New York press conference this afternoon.
It is understood the Hoops plan to squeeze in a trip to play in the tournament on Sunday July 17 — between potential home and away Champions League second round qualifiers. Another two games could also be scheduled, possibly in Europe.
The Parkhead side are in elite company with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint German, Bayern Munich and surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City also lining up in the North American leg of the glamour event. Chelsea and Liverpool have also been mentioned.
Celtic have been forced to turn down invitations for the competition in recent seasons due to Champions League qualifying commitments.
However, Ronny Deila’s side prepared at home last season and still crashed out to Swedish champions Malmo.
Organisers also want to stage some matches in Europe and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin has already been mentioned as a possible venue.
The Parkhead side are also likely to learn this afternoon where a possible meeting with Claudio Ranieri’s shock troops would take place and New York and Ohio have been pencilled in as possible venues.