Iron turned down Celtic friendly

The Iron’s General Manager David Beeby has confirmed that the Iron turned down a friendly with the Scottish Premier League Champions Celtic, due to high policing costs.

A clause was inserted in the deal which saw Gary Hooper move North of the border but the clause stated the fixture had to be played the following summer.

At the time David Beeby told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “We have an agreement for a friendly against a Celtic XI written into the deal that took Gary Hooper up there last summer”.

“Unfortunately in the past, Celtic have had some problems when they have come to play friendly games in England.

“That is something that has got to be taken into consideration in discussions about policing the game.”

Beeby has suggested that policing costs would exceed gate receipts and therefore the fixture was not viable.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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