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CELTIC TO MISS SPFL WEEKEND

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CELTIC are likely to miss a Premiership game in August to play a glamour friendly in the International Champions Cup.

The Hoops will ask the SPFL for permission to opt out of the domestic schedule on August 13 – the second weekend of next season – to accommodate the clash against Inter Milan.

Celtic will kick off the tournament with a home game against English shocktroops Leicester City on July 23 before facing Barcelona at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on July 30.

The venue for the match against the Italians has still to be confirmed, but it will celebrate the 50th anniversary season of Celtic’s historic European Cup triumph over the same opponents in Lisbon on May 25 1967.

If the Parkhead outfit win their fifth successive league title, their games against Leicester and Barca will be played between their Champions League qualifiers.

Other top teams in the prestigious competition include Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea. The money-spinning event is being staged in Europe and in America.

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