Champions League: Linfield in line for Celtic showdown

Champions League: Linfield in line for Celtic showdown

Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew lifts the Gibson Cup after the Premiership title was secured

Linfield will face Scottish giants Celtic if they beat SP La Fiorita in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

San Marino side La Fiorita represent a good draw for David Healy’s men, who won the Premiership, Irish Cup and Co Antrim Shield last season.

It was an even better draw for the second qualifying round with Celtic the mouth-watering reward for the winners.

It would be a first meeting between the Blues and Celtic.

Linfield will entertain La Fiorita at Windsor Park in the first leg on 27/28 June with the return leg on 4/5 July.

If the Blues progress they will play the 1967 European Cup winners in Belfast on 11/12 July with the second leg at Celtic Park on 18/19 July.

The 11/12 July date is problematic as it coincides with the ‘Twelfth’ marches in Northern Ireland and an alternative arrangement is likely to be sought.

Celtic defeated Irish League opposition in Belfast four years ago with a 3-0 win over Cliftonville in a Champions League qualifier.

Crusaders, Coleraine, Ballymena and Derry City are in the Europa League qualifiers draw later on Monday.

Source: BBC News – Northern Ireland

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