Champions League: Celtic draw Linfield or La Fiorita in second qualifying round

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

Linfield will face La Fiorita at home on 27/28 June and will travel to Montegiardino on 4/5 July for the return leg.

The Champions League qualifying second round fixtures are due to take place on 11 or 12 July and Linfield must beat La Fiorita of San Marino in the first round. I'm sure the fans would love nothing more than a game against Celtic. City will travel to Estonia for the first leg before the home encounter at Turner's Cross.

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"And I'm sure we'll be able to bring a big crowd to Glasgow, which would be a trip of a lifetime for our fans, just as it was for Cliftonville a few years ago".

Should Brendan Rodgers's team get Linfield as their opponents, the first leg of the tie could get caught up in controversy.

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The former Rangers striker said: "Celtic are a ruthless outfit who find chinks in the opposition's armour and expose them".

"If they want to go up a level in the Champions League they must also look to add some quality", Xavi told The Daily Record about Celtic.

"Financially for Linfield it would be a glamour tie to get Celtic".

I don't think that Celtic should be a club that has to qualify for the Champions League. I keep stressing, we have two very important games before a potential tie with Celtic but it is the best draw would could have hoped for.

The 2010 World Cup victor with Spain believes that the Hoops need to sign players who have experienced Champions League football before in order to make a big impact in Europe's premier club competition.

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