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Harte steeled for another tough Celtic Park summer showdown

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By Declan Bogue

Published 14/10/2016

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has warned his Ulster champions they have no divine right to feel they can expect another straightforward win over Derry in the 2017 Ulster Championship.

Last night's draw paired the cross-Sperrins rivals for a second year running in Celtic Park, with Tyrone winning the last encounter in May, 3-14 to 0-12 and smashing the belief that Tyrone could not beat Derry in a game that mattered in the Bogside.

"Up until we went up to Celtic Park this year, it was mooted that it was a place that Tyrone had never won an important game," Harte (right) reflected.

"Having won there this year, doesn't give us any license to say we are looking forward to going back. Given the history we had with Derry last year, they still will want to get back at us. They will feel they have to redress the balance.

Down will face Armagh, Donegal play Antrim and Cavan meet the winners of the preliminary round game between Fermanagh and Monaghan.

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