Scottish legends lined up for Carstairs match

A STRING of Scottish football legends are to take part in a charity match against a Carstairs select side.

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist and former Celtic captain Neil Lennon are just two of the big names that could be on the Dukla Pumpherston teamsheet, to play the Carstairs Church team on May 2.

Scottish football pundit Chick Young and socialist politician Tommy Sheridan are the brains behind Dukla and were only too happy to bring their celebrity chums along to face Carstairs.

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The match has been organised by Carstairs Church minister Rev Alan Gibson.

He said: "The team has been playing more 11-a-side games and I was looking to organise a game which would capture local people's imagination.

"When I approached Chick and Tommy I was surprised at how quickly they were able to come back to me and say they would do it as long as they knew what we were raising money for.

"The council has also been very helpful by supplying us with nets and a park and we have also managed to get a referee and linesmen.

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"A lot will depend on the SPL split as the fixtures haven't been announced yet but if Rangers don't have a game on May 2 then Ally will be playing."

For more information on this article, see this week's Carluke and Lanark Gazette, which is in the shops now.