James Milner opens up about why he is doing a charity match
- Milner reveals why he chose Celtic as our opponents
- He explains what is the reason and the cause of this game
"We were talking about Stan’s foundation and mine doing something together and the idea of a match came up. The obvious choice was Celtic. Stan told me what a great club they are and how everything is organised to the highest level by Celtic FC Foundation.
"We also know how fanatical the fans are and how they support charity. I know what a big club it is – and not just because of Robbo - because I have talked down the years with people who have played for it.
"I know from personal experience that the stadium is exciting with a fantastic atmosphere. Everyone I have talked to is looking forward to playing in such a great stadium. There is a great passion among Celtic fans and it should be a great atmosphere.
"Sport can makes such a difference in people’s lives. It can help give people a purpose or give them an outlet when things seem hopeless. It is so important to get young people involved in sport and we do that with Leeds Rhinos, the rugby league team, Liverpool Football Club and others. Some children can’t afford to go to sports camps and we pay for them to do that. It makes a difference to them.
"I basically started the foundation because I wanted to use my profile as a footballer and do some good with it. I get immense satisfaction from it, though it can be hard work. But it’s not about me. It’s about how others can be helped. It is not about looking good. It is about the causes, the lives and how we manage to change things.
"You can see how much sport means to everyone. With children, if they are having a bad time at home or with the parents, with homework, with being bullied or whatever, being part of a team – whatever sport that might be – makes a difference. It can make a kid feel part of something.
"That’s what we will all be doing at Celtic Park - fans and players."