Stiliyan Petrov: Aston Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies

Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies in aid of Petrov charities

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21:50 GMT, 24 April 2012

Aston Villa have organised two matches against Celtic in aid of Stiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian international's two British clubs will face one another as part of their pre-season preparations ahead of their next two campaigns.

The games will be played at Villa Park and Celtic Park, preceded by matches involving former players from both clubs.

'True captain': Petrov

'True captain': Petrov

It is expected that the money raised after administrative expenses will go towards Leukaemia research.

Petrov also organised for Villa's first-team to contribute to a benevolent fund for the club's former players – despite just having heard the diagnosis about his illness.

A source said: 'It was the action of a true captain.'

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs - including Bolton - have shown their support for the cause

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs – including Bolton – have shown their support for the cause