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Linfield will give Celtic a game, says Hoops supporting DUP man

But there will be no surprises adds lifelong Celtic fan

By Jonathan Bell

A Celtic supporting DUP councillor has said David Healy's Linfield could give Brendan Rodgers' side a game and the result could be closer than most think.

Newtownabbey councillor William DeCourcy has supported Celtic since he was a child. The 84-year-old has fond memories of the era of the Belfast-born Charlie Tully and Coleraine footballer Bertie Peacock strutting their stuff at Parkhead.

"The Lisbon Lions were a fantastic team, but for me it has always been about Charley Tully and Bertie Peacock," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Tully was probably one of the best footballers there ever was, next to George Best. I loved the way the team played and I'm glad to see Brendan Rodgers bringing it back.

"It was a different era back then, it was the era of 60,000 at Windsor and there wasn't the hatred in the game there is now."

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Billy DeCourcy's three loves were celebrated for his 80th birthday.

William says that, given the change in football over the years, he would be a Celtic supporter with a small 'c', and more commonly found on the terraces of the Kingspan watching his beloved Ulster.

He also supports Crusaders, so will have no problem seeing, as expected, a Celtic win.

"All my family are the Blues, they think I'm an eejit," the father of three and grandfather to five joked.

"But I must say Healy has got them playing well. He'll have them fired up and I think they will give them a game. But it should be finished before the return leg.

"I'm no expert but Celtic should win, although the - optimistic - Blues won't like that."

"It'll be no cricket score though."

He said it was a pity he and other Celtic fans could not get tickets.

"But I might go to the fanzone, you never know," the Rathcoole man said.

"I just hope the two sets of supporters have a good night, the game goes well and there is no trouble. It should be a great occasion."

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