Former Rangers (In Liquidation) defender Carlos Cuellar has splashed out £7,000 for a Celtic jersey.
The Spaniard put his cash on the table last night during an auction at a charity dinner for the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation buying up Petrov’s jersey from today’s match.
In his only previous game at Celtic Park Cuellar was sent off in a 2-1 defeat with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scoring an injury time winner. After a season at Rangers the former Osasuna defender quit at the first opportunity joining Aston Villa in a £6m deal.
Cuellar was a team-mate of Petrov at Aston Villa and will play in today’s sell-out charity match between a Celtic XI and a Stilyan Petrov XI which has attracted footballers and celebrities from far and wide.
John Terry, Gareth Barry and Dimitar Berbatov are among the big names coming up from England to play in the match which will see a number of Celtic legends back in the hoops.
Stars from the 2003 Seville side and others from the Tommy Burns days will gather to pay their respects to Petrov who had to quit football after being diagnosed with leukaemia after feeling ill during a match against Arsenal in March 2012.
After being forced to retire from the game Petrov was given the job of assistant coach to Villa’s u-21 side but had to step down due to the demands of the job.
“Villa gave me an opportunity to become assistant to the head development coach but it was way too soon for me both physically and mentally,” he explained.
“The long working hours and not seeing the family wasn’t fair after what we have been through in the last few years. I’m just going to take a year off and spend some time with my family.”