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Linfield's chance to show we belong on the big stage: Healy

 

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Healy has declared that his team have earned the right to play Celtic in the Champions League and urged the Blues players to show their worth against Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles.

Healy is relishing the prospect of taking on the best side in Scotland in the second qualifying round tie, with the opening leg at Windsor Park on July 14 and the return in Glasgow five days later.

Having defeated San Marino side La Fiorita 1-0 on aggregate, Healy (pictured) said: "We did a professional job and we've earned the right to be in the same round as Celtic.

"They have put a lot of work in to get to this point and now I want them to enjoy the games at Windsor and Parkhead as this may be the only time we play Celtic.

"This tie is a shop window for everyone at the club. If you score and play well against Celtic, you never know what can happen.

"I'm under no illusions how difficult the tie will be because of the players Celtic have and the way Brendan manages them but these are matches we will be looking forward to."

The Windsor game was switched to July 14 with a 5pm kick-off for security reasons with Celtic deciding not to take up their allocation of away tickets. Healy is adamant he wants the game in Belfast to be remembered for football.

"From my point of view I want to be talking about a football match and nothing else," said Healy.

"It's about hosting the game. Can we do it? Of course we can. Belfast hosts big games. We have the proper stadium now to do that and hopefully everyone lets us get on with that."

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