Dundee & Celtic agree to first league match to be played in USA

The Evening Telegraph is reporting that Dundee and Celtic are close to an agreement to play a Scottish Premiership match in the United States.

Speculation has been rife since Dundee sent out a statement to potential season ticket holders that one of their home matches may be played abroad in the US, and that they would be given compensation or cash-back if the negotiations were successful.

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It is now being suggested that a date and venue in Philadelphia has been agreed both by Celtic and Dundee, and that talks are progressing well with the date set, believed to be in early 2017.

The American managing director of Dundee John Nelms is the architect behind the plan and has previously stated his ambitions to make Dundee a “global brand“:

“We are working very hard to move things forward. It’s an exciting prospect for everyone involved. We want to make Dundee and Scottish football a global brand.”

Dundee have performed well in the league this season and sit in eighth place with 48 points with one game to go.

Their manager, Paul Hartley, a former Celtic player, has also been linked to replacing Ronny Deila at Celtic Park.