Celtic boss 'sad' fans to miss out on Linfield clash at Windsor

14 July, 2017, 14:45 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Riot police and dogs were deployed at one touchline until the players left the pitch and the crowd dispersed into the city

Celtic could face a trip to play Dundalk or Rosenborg in the third round qualifiers of the Champions League after the draw was made in Nyon on Friday.

The original dates set aside by UEFA would have seen the Parkhead club travel to Belfast to play the Northern Irish champions at the height of the Orange Order marching season on July 11/12.

We saw with the utterly deplorable racist banner directed at Celtic's Scott Sinclair during the week part of the reasoning behind the decision to not accept the ticket allocation, as if this fixture went ahead there is absolutely no chance that it would have gone along with no trouble for either side.

Whilst many assumed that the decision not to sell tickets to Celtic fans was a police one, the Northern Irish Police released a statement on Twitter claiming: "Contrary to some reports, the decision of Celtic FC not to accept their allocation of "away" tickets for the game against Linfield in Belfast was a decision taken exclusively by the football club and was not made by PSNI".

Rodgers, from Carnlough in Co Antrim, said it was particularly sad for him coming back to "a new Northern Ireland" without being able to guarantee the safety of fans.

"These supporters should arrive at the stadium after 3.30 pm to ensure access to the game". It is a shame for Linfield and Northern Ireland.

The 25-year-old Scotland worldwide has moved into the last season of his current deal and the former Swansea and Liverpool boss wants him to sign an extension.

"I believe we are better this year", he said exclusively to talkSPORT.

"He is a boy that I really like, that still has development and is a young player that wants to be at Celtic".

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