Published: 10/07/2017 13:00 - Updated: 10/07/2017 12:09

Celtic signing could play at Elgin

Written byCraig Christie

MORAY football fans could see Celtic’s new signing Kundai Benyu in action against Elgin City in a testimonial match this week.

Mark Nicolson will face up to some young Celtic stars in his Elgin City testimonial game
Mark Nicolson will face up to some young Celtic stars in his Elgin City testimonial game

And the Scottish treble winners may also field young stars Jack Aitchison and Calvin Miller at Borough Briggs on Wednesday.

Elgin play host to a Celtic XI on Wednesday night (7.30pm kick off) in a testimonial honouring former player Mark Nicolson’s ten years at the club.

Nicolson (29), who joined Highland League Brora Rangers over the summer, returns to Borough Briggs for his benefit game to lead the current City team into action.

He could face up to Celtic signing Benyu (19), a highly-rated young midfielder whom the Parkhead club won the race to sign from Ipswich Town.

Benyu scored in his first appearance for the Celts in a 3-1 win at lowland League champions East Kilbride at the weekend.

Read more: Celtic announce Kundai Benyu signing

He is set to head north and play for a young Hoops team at Elgin.

Also expected to feature for the visiting side are striker Aitchison, who hit the headlines last year when he made his first team debut against Motherwell.

Then aged sixteen, he became the youngest player in the club’s history and scored within two minutes of coming on in a 7-0 success against ‘Well.

He also netted twice for Celtic’s development team in the Irn Bru Cup last year and returned to the first team when he replaced Patrick Roberts in a league match against Hearts in January.

Another young starlet who could play at Elgin is full back Calvin Miller (19), who had made a first team start in a win against Partick Thistle during Celtic’s unbeaten league campaign last season.

Celtic’s first team will be heading to Northern Ireland for a Champions League qualifier against Linfield on Friday.

Their young squad should attract a good turnout in Moray to pay tribute to Nicolson, who joined City from hometown Ross County in 2007 and made 360 appearances for the Black and Whites over a decade.

Read more: Mark's Elgin decade ends with Celtic testimonial

The defender will get his chance to say an official goodbye to the City fans, though he refused to rule out a return to the club in the future.

“It will be my final game for now anyway. You never know I might be back one day,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get a good turnout and it’s an entertaining game. It may not be the final farewell.”

Nicolson joins former City players including Joe Malin, Zander Sutherland, Jamie Duff, Kyle MacLeod and Craig Gunn at the Sutherland club.

But he says Elgin will always be close to his heart after the decade he spent at the club.

“I’m sure I’ll be back at Elgin whether it’s playing or supporting. Next season, I’ll make a trip over and support the boys at some point.”

Nicolson had hoped to bring Gunn down for his farewell game for City as a guest player, however it is understood that Brora have refused permission for the striker to play.

Another ex-City man Daniel Moore, who joined Rothes as player assistant over the summer, will guest for the Black and Whites on the night.

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