Charity battle as Old Firm match returns to Fraserburgh

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An Old Firm charity football match in memory of a Fraserburgh Celtic supporter who died last year will take place again in December.

James ‘Suds’ Sutherland died in March 2015 aged 51 after a short battle with illness when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the end of 2014.

Last year his friends organised a charity Old Firm football match in his memory and raised £3803 for the Fraserburgh Lifeboat with a crowd of around 300 attending the match.

Following the success of last year’s game Sud’s friend and match organiser Norman Reid said he wanted to make the fixture an annual event.

Norman said: “We are hoping the event will grow on the back of last years success.”

This year’s Celtic v Rangers charity game will be held on December 11 at Kessock Park with kick off at 2.15 pm.

Celtic won last years match 4-1 after Rangers had taken an early lead.

Suds son Stuart scored the fourth goal for Celtic on that occasion.

In years gone by local Celtic and Rangers fans had regularly contested an annual match but before the 2015 charity game no such game had been played for 25 years.