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Reds captain George McMullan's delight at Celtic honour

By Stuart McKinley

Celtic will send a team to Belfast next month to honour Cliftonville captain George McMullan.

The long-serving midfielder captained the Reds in their two Champions League games against the Glasgow giants in July 2013 and Celtic will now provide the opposition in his testimonial match at Solitude on Monday, April 11.

The team has been billed as a Celtic XI and it is unlikely that any first-team players will make the trip as the Hoops face Rangers in a Scottish Cup semi-final the following weekend, but a huge crowd is anticipated to pay tribute to McMullan, who made his first appearance for the Reds 14 years ago.

"To have played for Cliftonville once was a dream come true, but to have been here for so long and won so many trophies has been amazing," said McMullan.

"I was proud to be rewarded with a testimonial year and the news that Celtic are coming over to play us is unbelievable - it's hard to put into words what it means to me.

"I'm grateful for all of the hard work that has been put in by both clubs to make this happen and it goes without saying that my Testimonial Committee have been brilliant for me from start to finish."

McMullan, who is suspended for the Reds' trip to Dungannon Swifts this afternoon, is the most decorated player in Cliftonville's history, having won two Irish League medals, four League Cups and four County Antrim Shields in his 536 appearances.

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