Raith Rovers 

Celtic 

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Stark’s Park 

Kick off: 7.45pm 

 

 Admission Prices: 

Adults – £10

Concessions – £5 (Under 16, Over 65 and Disabled)

Home and away fans can pay at the gate. Away fans will be housed in the McDermid Stand

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers round off their pre-season fixtures this Tuesday, with a friendly against Celtic, a match which will also see the opening of the newly renamed, Turnbull Hutton Stand.

Rovers will be hoping to finish off their summer programme with their first win under Ray McKinnon, against a Celtic team which will likely be similar to the one which disposed of Greenock Morton in a testimonial last week.

Celtic won the match, a tribute to long-standing Morton kit-man, Andy Bryan by three goals to one, with Anthony Stokes, Stefan Scepovic and Luke Donnely the names on the scoresheet.

Like Raith, Celtic have had a busy pre-season, which started in Paisley at the beginning of July, when an early goal from Gary Mackay-Steven set them on the way against Dutch outfit, Den Bosch. An own-goal eventually sealed a 2-0 victory.

The former Dundee United man was again on the mark against Dukla Prague, along with Lee Griffiths and Virgil Van Dijk, but that wasn’t enough as the Czech side rattled in five in an entertaining contest.

Mackay-Steven scored for the third game running, when his solitary strike was enough to see of Davie Moyes’ Real Sociedad team, while Griffiths was the main-man against Spanish side Eibar at the weekend, when his hat-trick followed Efe Ambrose’s first half strike as Celtic ran out 4-1 winners.

Like earlier opponents Aberdeen, Celtic are already into their competitive campaign, after goals from Dedryck Boyata and Stefan Johansen eased them to a 2-0 win over Stjarnan of Iceland in the first-leg of their Champions League qualifier.

Raith Rovers and Celtic last played each other in a Scottish Cup tie in February 2013, when a Kris Commons penalty, and two late goals from James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew sealed a 3-0 win at Stark’s Park for Neil Lennon’s side.

Tuesday evening’s match referee will be Willie Collum.

Competitive Head-to-Head Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 15 | Celtic Wins: 69 | Draws: 18

Raith Rovers Goals: 90 | Celtic Goals: 251

Ins And Outs:

In: Nadir Ciftci, (Dundee United) Dedryck Boyata, (Manchester City) Logan Bailly, (OH Leuven) Saidy Janko, (Manchester United)

Out: Adam Matthews, (Sunderland) Joe Chalmers, (Motherwell) John Herron, (Blackpool) Stuart Findlay, (Kilmarnock, loan) Michael Duffy, (Alloa Athletic, loan) Amido Balde, (Metz) Teemu Pukki, (Brondby) Lukasz Zaluska, (Unattached)

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