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Celtic 4-0 Linfield as it happened: Stafford shines for Blues but Sinclair and Rogic lead Bhoys to win

 

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Celtic’s Scott Sinclair up against Linfield's Mark Stafford.

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair up against Linfield's Mark Stafford.

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Celtic’s scorers Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair celebrate

Celtic’s scorers Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair celebrate

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Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates his second against Linfield  at Parkhead in Glasgow.

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates his second against Linfield at Parkhead in Glasgow.

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Celtic’s Scott Sinclair scores against Linfield at Parkhead in Glasgow.

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair scores against Linfield at Parkhead in Glasgow.

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Linfield player Jimmy Callagher with his nephews Jamie and Ben arriving at the Celtic Park  under tight security for this evenings game at Parkhead in Glasgow.

Linfield player Jimmy Callagher with his nephews Jamie and Ben arriving at the Celtic Park under tight security for this evenings game at Parkhead in Glasgow.

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Linfield's Jimmy Callacher and fans arriving at the Celtic Park  under tight security for this evenings game at Parkhead in Glasgow.

Linfield's Jimmy Callacher and fans arriving at the Celtic Park under tight security for this evenings game at Parkhead in Glasgow.

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Tom Rogic showed his class at Windsor Park

Tom Rogic showed his class at Windsor Park

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Brendan Rodgers with Linfield manager David Healy at Windsor Park last week

Brendan Rodgers with Linfield manager David Healy at Windsor Park last week

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Celtic’s Scott Sinclair up against Linfield's Mark Stafford.

Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic led the way once again as Celtic saw off Linfield 4-0 at Celtic Park.

As in the first leg, the Bhoys dominated possession but this time turned it into more goals, sealing a 6-0 victory on aggregate.

Sinclair opened the scoring on four minutes and netted the third goal as well, both profiting from kind deflections off a Linfield defender.

Tom Rogic made up for a glaring miss at the end of the first half with a long range effort on 47 and he then teed up an injury-time goal for substitute Stuart Armstrong.

For Linfield, defender Mark Stafford impressed with another stout display and could even have found the net with a late overhead kick that flew agonisingly off target.

The Glasgow side carried a 2-0 lead over from the first leg thanks to goals from Sinclair and the outstanding Tom Rogic.

Celtic will now face Rosenborg in the next round after the Norwegians edged out Dundalk 3-2 on aggregate after extra-time.

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