Wolves' Irish boys looking ahead to Dublin return

Wolves' Irish boys looking ahead to Dublin return

Saturday will see the meeting of two teams with close links to Ireland when Celtic and Wolves go head-to-head at the Aviva Stadium.

Both sides boast Irishmen in their squads with the home of Irish international football a familiar sight to those.

Matt Doherty will perhaps know every blade of grass at the Aviva having featured regularly for Stephen Kenny's side.

Doherty, who has returned to Wolves after three years away from the club, spoke about the prospect of playing in his home town but this time in the Old Gold & Black.

Speaking to Wolves TV, Doherty said: “For me and for my family they get to go to a game and see me because they’re not always able to get over to games in England.

“I know the Aviva Stadium, I know how big the pitch is, I know how hard the game is going to be, especially in pre-season.

“The atmosphere in Ireland will be great because in Ireland Wolves has quite a big fan base, and Celtic does also, so I think it will be quite a special day.”

A number of Irish underage internationals could feature in the game. Celtic have Bosun Lawal (Under-21s) and Rocco Vata (Men’s Under-19s) among their ranks. Wolves have Under-21s captain Joe Hodge and Men’s Under-19s striker Nathan Fraser in theirs.

Looking ahead to the game Hodge, whose family hail from Dublin 2, said he was excited by the prospect of playing at the Aviva Stadium and hopes one day to wear the green jersey at senior level.

He said: “I’m buzzing for it, can’t wait for it, to be honest. Celtic are a top side, a huge club. It should make for a good game in a class stadium.

“It’s something Jim (Crawford) speaks to us a lot about (playing senior international football), about the pathway, so many who played with the Under-21s have gone on. Evan and Will were there last October, now they have gone on and won senior caps. It’s definitely something I want to do.”

Celtic v Wolves kicks-off at 2pm. Tickets are available and prices start at €35 for Adults and €20 for Under-16s. They can be purchased here via Ticketmaster.ie

Supporters to the game are advise to leave plenty of time for their journey and arrvie at the stadium early. Travel advice to fans can be found here.

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