Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly set to head to Australia to play in a Football for Fires fundraising match in Sydney to support efforts after the country’s bushfires disaster.
Didier Drogba, David Trezeguet, Dwight Yorke, Claudio Marchisio, Alessandro Del Piero and Ji-Sung Park are all confirmed to be taking part, as well as former Rangers star Pedro Mendes, to raise funds for volunteer firefighters.
Current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold and Guus Hiddink will manage the sides for the game, which takes place six days after the end of the Premiership season – and a possible title party at Ibrox.
FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson is “delighted” with the response, as a host of names turn out, with all proceeds from the match going towards the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas.
“I’m delighted that football had come together for this very special occasion,” Johnson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“The thoughts of the entire football family have been with the victims of these terrible bushfires over the past few weeks.
“We now we have this important opportunity to harness the power of our global sport to raise funds to assist in the re-build of our local devastated communities and honour the brave men and women who have put their own lives at risk during this unprecedented natural disaster.”