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Celtic refuses ticket allocation for potential Belfast tie with Linfield

By Claire Williamson

Celtic fans will not be issued with tickets for the club's potential clash with Linfield in Belfast.

The game has been provisionally pencilled in for July 14 - avoiding the security nightmare of a powderkeg eve-of-Twelfth tie.

The sides are on course to meet for the first time in a Champions League qualifier - provided Linfield overcome La Fiorita from San Marino.

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But the prospect of Celtic coming to Windsor Park, and all the emotion that goes with it, has been front and back page news since Monday's draw.

On Friday Celtic said due to security concerns raised by the PSNI and following discussions with Linfield they will refuse their ticket allocation.

The club said: "No tickets will be available for Celtic supporters for the match. The safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the Club.

"Should  La Fiorita of San Marino qualify for the next round, the first leg match would take place on 11 or 12 July.

"Regardless of opposition, Celtic’s home leg of this qualifying round will take place at Celtic Park on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, and entry to this first home European qualifier will once again be included as part of the 2017/18 Season Ticket.

"If the tie against Linfield proceeds, it will not affect the friendly match between Celtic and Lyon at Celtic Park on 15 July – more information on this match will follow as soon as possible."

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