Millie lines up Celtic Park 'all-star' charity match
- Liverpool’s James Milner says he has recruited a lot of “top names” for a charity match at Celtic Park in aid of cancer charities
- In his free time, Millie heads the James Milner Foundation (JMF) that promotes healthy recreation in the UK
The foundations of Milner, former Aston Villa team-mate Stiliyan Petrov, who suffered from acute leukemia, and Celtic FC have organized ‘A Match for Cancer’ on September 8, during the first international break of the 2017/18 season.
Former Celtic academy player Andrew Robertson will likely be on Scotland duty himself at the time, but he played a significant part in Milner’s choice of venue.
“I have played twice at Celtic Park – once in a pre-season match when I was at Newcastle and once for England. But I feel I know Celtic well as Robbo never stops going on about them,” Milner said.
“He never lets up about Celtic. I thought I was bad going on about Leeds, who are my team, but it’s Celtic, Celtic, Celtic non-stop with him. I am well-drilled about Celtic, the club and its history. I try to wind him up but he just comes back with more.”
“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.”
Milner took the opportunity to explain why he set up his foundation, revealing that his goal is to ensure underprivileged children have the chance to play sport and that he gets “immense satisfaction” from his work.
“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.”