Belfast Telegraph

PSNI move Linfield v Celtic game away from 'Eleventh Night'

Linfield's potential Champions League battle with Celtic in Belfast looks set to be played on July 14.

Representatives from Linfield and the PSNI met on Thursday morning to discuss the game, which will be moved from its original scheduled dates of July 11 or 12.

Whether or not the match goes ahead at all depends on the Blues first defeating La Fiorita of San Marino. If they do, it would be the first ever meeting of the Linfield and Celtic.

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Following the draw on Monday, the date of the clash gave rise to widespread security concerns.

The Twelfth was quickly ruled out and there were also worries about hosting the high-risk match on the eve of the Twelfth, when tensions would be running high and police resources would already be stretched.

While one alternative was to move the match to Parkhead, Linfield chairman Roy McGivern has stated that the south Belfast club's "preferred choice" is to contest the home leg first. David Healy's men will host La Fiorita at Windsor Park on Wednesday, with the return leg on July 4.

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