Rangers confirm AC Milan legends charity match and dinner
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:14
A host of Rangers greats will entertain AC Milan Glorie in a glamour charity match at Ibrox Stadium on Friday 30 March 2012 with the Rangers Charity Foundation and AC Milan Foundation set to benefit from the match and a Legends Dinner at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Thursday 29 March 2012.
The Rangers Charity Foundation has arranged two unique events that are sure to capture the imagination of the Light Blue legions as some of the finest players ever to feature for Rangers and Serie A giants AC Milan will pull on their boots once again for charity.
The Rangers Legends side - managed by Walter Smith and captained by Richard Gough - will feature fans' favourites including Ally McCoist, Mark Hateley, Andy Goram, Lorenzo Amoruso, Jorg Albertz, Michael Mols and Arthur Numan. AC Milan Glorie will field a team drawn from a host of world class names such as Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Jean-Pierre Papin, Frank Rijkaard, Christian Panucci, Gianluigi Lentini and Zvonimir Boban.
Rangers Manager Ally McCoist commented: "This is a fantastic initiative by the Rangers Charity Foundation and I know the match and charity dinner will really appeal to our supporters.
"It will be a pleasure to pull on the boots once again at Ibrox and it will be all the more special as I will be playing with lifelong friends against an AC Milan squad that features some of the greatest players ever to grace a football pitch.
"It should be a fantastic few days in March and I know our supporters will turn out in huge numbers to support the work of the Charity Foundation."
AC Milan legend Franco Baresi commented: "I am extremely pleased to announce that I will captain the AC Milan Glorie team against Rangers Legends at Ibrox. I know our squad is excited and looking forward to visiting Scotland and playing in front of the Rangers supporters. Rangers fans are known to be very knowledgeable and passionate about their football and we are expecting a capacity crowd on the night with a fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium.
"The Rangers Legends team is full of great players and the Milan Glorie team will include a selection of our best known players so we are all expecting a competitive match. At the same time we will be raising funds for two very good causes in the Rangers Charity Foundation and our own AC Milan Charity Foundation."
Rangers legend Mark Hateley, who also represented AC Milan with distinction between 1984 and 1987, joined Ally McCoist at today's launch at Murray Park, commenting: "This is a terrific match for the Rangers fans to enjoy and I am looking forward to renewing old friendships with some of the players I had the pleasure of playing alongside in the 80s and 90s.
"Like Rangers, Milan is a fantastic club and some of the men who will feature at Ibrox are among the true greats of world football. The Rangers Charity Foundation and AC Milan Foundation are set to benefit and I am sure fans will pack Ibrox and back the work of the Foundation once again."
Tickets for the Legends Dinner at the Radisson Blu on Thursday 29 March 2012 are now on sale for £100 each, or £1,000 for a table of ten, and can be booked by contacting the Rangers Charity Foundation on 0141 580 8775 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The dinner, hosted by Jim White, will provide an opportunity to meet some of the stars taking part in the game and hear interviews and anecdotes, as well as enjoying a sumptuous 3 course meal and wine.
Tickets for the match on the evening of Friday 30 March 2012 will be available for purchase to season ticket holders from Monday 20 February and will go on public sale a week later on Monday 27 February. Adult tickets cost £10 each, with concession / children's tickets costing £5 each.