South Shields have revealed the details of a prestigious pre-season competition this summer which sees Celtic, Marseille and Southampton visit Mariners Park.

The three visiting sides will bring their under 23 sides to participate in the four-team tournament which also features hosts South Shields and takes place between Friday July 27 and Friday July 29.

The South Shields FC International Tournament commences with Scottish champions Celtic taking on French giants Marseille on Friday night in a 7:30pm kick-off.

Shields will face Premier League side Southampton on Saturday at 3pm before a third place play-off takes place on Sunday at 1pm between the two defeated teams.

The tournament closes with the final between the winning sides later on Sunday at 5pm.

South Shields FC Chairman Geoff Thompson told the club website: “We are delighted to reveal details of the South Shields FC International Tournament.

“To attract clubs of the size of Celtic, Marseille and Southampton to Mariners Park is a massive coup for the club and I’m sure it will generate a lot of excitement with our supporters.

“It promises to be a festival of football as we make new friends from clubs we would once never have even dreamt of coming up against.

“We also look forward to welcoming supporters of each of the three clubs to Mariners Park, where there is sure to be a friendly atmosphere which all of the family will enjoy.

“It’s not every day that clubs of this stature come to Mariners Park so we’re sure our own fans will also make the most of it.

“We’re confident it will a memorable weekend for all connected with the club.”

South Shields FC Joint Manager Lee Picton also told the club website: “The tournament at Mariners Park will provide a really high level of tactical and physical test for the squad, which will be vital in order to prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead next season.

“We will be looking at quite a high number of new players within our squad and it will be really interesting for myself and Graham (Fenton) to see how they, along with our returning players of course, deal with those challenges.”

Tickets for the matches on the Friday and Saturday will cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for under-16s.

Family tickets – which will admit two adults and two under-16s – for each of those days will be priced at £22.

Tickets for the final day of the tournament, which will gain supporters entry to both the third place play-off and final, will be £15 for adults, £12 for concessions and £5 for under-16s.

A family ticket for the Sunday – again admitting two adults and two under-16s – will cost £33.

A weekend ticket, which will provide access to all four matches across the three days, will be available at a cost of £30 for adults, £24 for concessions and £9 for under-16s.

Details on how to buy tickets will be announced on the South Shields club website soon.