Sunday 17 December 2017

Belfast gears up for Bhoys

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Celtic will have a 5pm kick off in Belfast for their possible Champions League clash with Linfield in an attempt to hold a trouble-free trip to play Linfield.

The Blues have been drawn to play Celtic - should Linfield get past San Marino opposition in the first qualifying round - with the home leg first. For security reasons, July 12th has been ruled out so an early kick-off on July 11th is now likely.

"We've had a chat with UEFA and we had ruled out July 12 for obvious reasons, purely from a practical point of view," said Blues chairman Roy McGivern. "Celtic are relaxed about it and seem happy enough to play in Belfast on July 11."

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny says his side will respect, but not fear, Norwegian side Rosenborg in the Champions League.

"They are a good club, a strong club, we will be very wary of them but we won't be frightened at all," says Kenny.

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