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Donegal Celtic ready to tussle with Carrick Rangers after suspension lifted

By Keith Bailie

Donegal Celtic's vital clash with Carrick Rangers has been given the green light by the Irish FA, after the Belfast club paid an outstanding fine.

The Belfast Telegraph Championship One clash looked set to be postponed when the governing body suspended Donegal Celtic from football earlier this week.

If the suspension had remained in place DC would have been unable to fulfil the fixture and it's likely that Carrick would have been awarded a 3-0 win by the Northern Ireland Football League.

With Carrick locked into a promotion battle, and Celtic fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, the suspension would have had huge ramifications at both ends of the table.

However, a crisis was averted when Celtic paid the disciplinary fine on Wednesday. In a brief statement, the IFA said, "The suspension has been lifted. Donegal Celtic are therefore no longer under suspension and free to play on Saturday."

With one week left to play, Carrick are one point clear of second placed Ards and two clear of third placed Bangor.

If Carrick can beat DC at Celtic Park they will be within touching distance of the title.

PSNI travel to Ballyclare Comrades while promotion hopefuls Ards visit Dundela.

Third placed Bangor play mid-table Armagh City at Clandeboye Park.

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