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San Marino team boss warns Blues: We will gatecrash your Celtic party

 

By Steven Beacom

Linfield have been warned by Champions League opponents La Fiorita that their much anticipated showdown with Celtic at Windsor Park is by no means guaranteed.

The Blues, 1-0 up after last week's home leg, arrived in San Marino yesterday ahead of tomorrow's first qualifying round return with La Fiorita boss Nicola Berardi insisting his players are just as determined as David Healy's men to set up a 'dream' meeting with Brendan Rodgers' side.

The Irish League champions are big favourites to progress and are expected to have 100 travelling fans cheering them on against a side that have never won any of their 11 games in Europe.

At stake for the Blues is progression to the next phase of the Champions League plus glamour occasions at Windsor and Parkhead which could bring the club up to £1 million in Uefa prize money, gate receipts, television revenue, advertising and merchandising.

La Fiorita would also earn their biggest ever payday if they faced the Hoops as well as global recognition. They won't give up on all that easily.

Manager Berardi said: "At home we are strong and I'm confident my players will approach the game well.

"For La Fiorita it would be a dream to play Celtic and we will give it our best. We are feeling good about the game."

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