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Linfield And Celtic Could Meet in Belfast... On The 12th July!

Linfield And Celtic Could Meet in Belfast... On The 12th July!

There was plenty of Irish interest in this morning's Champions League qualifying round draw. Dundalk were pulled out against Norwegian powerhouses Rosenborg. While it's not a bad draw for Dundalk, taking on the team they perhaps hope to emulate as the former giantkillers of European football, there was slight disappointment for some Irish fans as there had been a chance of drawing Celtic in their opening tie.

Instead, that honour went to the winners of Linfield and La Fiorita. So, Linfield, most likely, without being disrespectful to the San Marino league champions.

As if that potential tie wasn't already stacked enough, the provisional dates had the team drawn out first at home for the first leg on the 12th of July.

Naturally, Linfield/La Fiorita was drawn first.

So, if Linfield manage to overcome La Fiorita, they'll host Celtic, in Windsor Park, on the main day of the Orange Order marches, and the most divisive day in the Northern calendar.

There is a possibility that the legs are switched around, or even that the game is moved from Belfast. This happened when Rangers were drawn against Shelbourne in 1995. Shels forfeited 'home' advantage, with the game being played in Prenton Park, Tranmere.

Obviously, it's a football game, and you'd like to think that Belfast is past events like this acting as a catalyst for bad behaviour, but you sense UEFA will be worried about the possibility.

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In fact, there was a general sense they wouldn't let this happen in the first place. Apparently this man is waiting for rain to fulfill his promise.

UEFA will confirm the fixture details at around 7pm tonight, and being honest it would be surprising if the match is kept on that date or in Windsor.

SEE ALSO: Dundalk Handed Tough Draw In Champions League Qualifiers

David Kent

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