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Watch: Carroll was 'exceptional' says Linfield boss, who 'didn't see' bottle-throwing incident

He might be coming 40, but Roy Carroll is getting even fitter, according to Linfield boss David Healy.

The Blues boss praised his stopper after an outstanding performance at Windsor Park that held Celtic to two first-half goals.

"Exceptional," reflected Healy, when asked of the veteran goalkeeper's display. "He trains like a demon. He's 40 and it takes him an hour and a half sometimes to get to training but he wants to train three nights a week.

"He hasn't had a break because of the (World Cup) qualifiers but trying to give him a couple of nights off is impossible.

"He has come in four or five kilos lighter somehow. He's an exceptional person. For me, sometimes I don't get to say too much because Roy takes the lead, which takes a bit of pressure off me to have a pop at somebody. Roy's an experienced player who has been there and done it and I thought his all-round performance was exceptional."

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Speaking at his post-match press conference, Healy said that he had not seen an incident in which a Buckfast bottle and other objects appeared to be thrown at Celtic's Leigh Griffiths.

Meanwhile, Healy also confirmed that defender Matthew Clarke will not make Wednesday's second leg at Parkhead after being stretchered off during the second half.

He said: "Matthew will miss the game next week after a completely freak accident. For somebody like Matthew who is a massive, massive Rangers fan - he's devastated.

"He's got a big gash on his knee and it will probably take him two or three weeks. I'm disappointed for Matthew because towards the back end of last season, he was terrific."

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