Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Cliftonville tell Celtic: 'We won't make it easy for you' at Solitude

500 more tickets to go on sale on Tuesday morning

Cliftonville tasted title success in April and want to repeat the feat
Cliftonville tasted title success in April and want to repeat the feat

Cliftonville have warned Scottish Premier League champions Celtic to expect fireworks at Solitude on Wednesday night.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops are in town for a Champions League second qualifying round first leg showdown.

A bumper crowd of 5,000 will pack into the north-Belfast venue and the good news for Reds fans is that Cliftonville will sell around 500 tickets on Tuesday morning after Celtic returned some of their allocation.

Former Northern Ireland international Lennon knows his men are in for a fierce battle and Reds centre-back Jaimie McGovern says Tommy Breslin’s men can give the Bhoys a real scare.

“People will say we aren’t the favourites and they will expect us to get beaten over the two games and of course that’s an understandable reaction,” said the 24-year-old.

“But what I would say to those people is that this group of Cliftonville players are natural winners and we have proved that.

“With the greatest respect to other teams that we play, we know we have to raise our game but in these moments adrenaline gets you through and with the backing of our loud fans and the right gameplan in place we can cause Celtic real problems.

“This Cliftonville team has already shown what it is capable of doing domestically and we have made Solitude a fortress.

"Celtic will not relish playing here and we won’t make it easy for them. There will certainly be no arrogance or complacency from our side.”

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