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Crusaders boss wouldn't mind seeing Linfield hit Celtic jackpot

By Graham Luney

Stephen Baxter has wished Linfield good luck in their European adventure and says he has no concerns about the financial rewards that could be coming to Windsor Park.

If the Blues can defeat La Fiorita of San Marino they will set up a Champions League second qualifying round showdown against Celtic.

When appearance money, gate receipts, additional advertising and possible television coverage are factored into the picture, the Blues could pocket as much as £1million.

"One hundred per cent, I am happy for Linfield and whatever money they make from the fixture, if it happens, has not crossed my mind," said the Crues boss. "The financial rewards are there and they are the benefits of competing in Europe. We have enjoyed that too and I say good luck to Linfield. It's not often our teams are handed draws like this so I think it's fantastic. I hope it's a huge success for Linfield and reflects well on our league too.

"To have a club of Celtic's size and stature in Belfast is a huge honour for us and hopefully the game is a huge success.

"We had a taste of the excitement when we played Fulham in the Europa League in 2011. It's a great occasion for our clubs, but I also know that David (Healy) will not be thinking about Celtic until they have got past the two games of football they need to play against San Marino opponents."

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