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Linfield v Celtic: Hoops will feel heat in Windsor cauldron, warns Lafferty

 

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty is convinced that the Windsor Park atmosphere will be 'tough' for the Celtic players to deal with when they take on Linfield in the Champions League.

Hearts striker Lafferty received a warm welcome at the stadium from the Blues fans on Saturday as he helped his new club win 4-1 in a friendly, but Friday night's first leg of the second qualifying round clash is expected to be a hostile environment for visiting players.

The former Rangers ace appreciates how challenging the tie will be for Linfield, who he supported as a boy, but believes it won't be easy for Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles either.

"Celtic did the treble last season and went through the whole campaign unbeaten so it is going to be a tough game for Linfield," stated Lafferty.

"But Linfield did the treble as well and they have some good players in their team. Also, Windsor Park will be a tough place for Celtic to come to. I am not going to say who I'd like to win but I think most people will know!"

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Lafferty was all smiles on Saturday, joking with Linfield boss and old international strike partner David Healy after the game. He is at ease with himself, relishing the opportunity to be a key figure for Hearts after a frustrating spell at Norwich City where he rarely featured.

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