The Champions League and the International Champions Cup might soon both be Barcelona versus Leicester, and City club ambassador Alan Birchenall had no hard feelings when he spoke after Stillitano at Tuesday's media launch in NY.

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig represented the Scottish champions at the launch of the tournament in New York: "By the time we play the games, it looks as though, the way things are going just now, it could be the Scottish league champions in Celtic against the English league champions in Leicester City", the European Cup victor said.

Celtic Park will play host to the tournament's opening game, and current Premier League leaders Leicester will be the visitors on July 23.

"The ICC is a great opportunity to compete with some of Europe's leading clubs and to further promote the Club, and the city of Leicester, around the world".

Liverpool - who will face Barcelona and a reunion with former star Luis Suarez - Chelsea and Celtic are also in the line-up along with AC Milan and Inter Milan. Celtic have yet to feature in the event which began in 2013.

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The Foxes are in an elite group of 10 clubs invited to the United States and Europe leg of the pre-season International Champions Cup alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan. Manchester City and Tottenham, on the other hand, will play stand-alone fixtures in China and Australia respectively, with City's yet to be confirmed.

Claudio Ranieri's men will also play Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic in Los Angeles and Glasgow.

Celtic faced Barcelona in the Champions League in 2012 and beat Barca 2-1 in an incredible game in Parkhead.

They will take on Inter one week later with the venue still to be confirmed.