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Healy allowing himself to dream of a monumental upset

By Steven Beacom

David Healy is daring to dream that his Linfield side can pull off a monumental Champions League shock against Celtic at Windsor Park tomorrow when the pair meet in the first leg of their second round qualifier.

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer is a realist by nature, but that hasn't stopped him taking a moment to imagine a stunning victory for Linfield.

If he achieves what most feel is mission impossible versus Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles, it may even top scoring the goals to defeat England, Spain, Sweden and other big nations at Windsor during his glittering international career.

Healy said: "You can always dream about it. I am not going to lie and say that I don't but I'm also a realist.

"We need to perform to our complete maximum and more and need Celtic to underperform but shocks happen.

"That's why people enjoy it, that's why supporters go. There are always upsets and football sometimes has a habit of throwing up mysterious results."

Former Manchester United, Rangers and Sunderland striker Healy has only been a manager for 27 months.

In that time he has revitalised Linfield, leading them to the Irish League title, Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield.

But he added: "It's the biggest challenge for me as a manager. I'm young and inexperienced and I'm learning all the time."

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