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Cliftonville net a bumper TV contract for Celtic clash

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Gerard Lawlor

Gerard Lawlor

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Gerard Lawlor

Cliftonville have secured a television windfall from their glamour Champions League tie with Celtic.

The Reds have struck a deal, understood to be worth a five-figure sum, with the BBC that will see the match shown in both Northern Ireland and Scotland, with live radio commentary as well.

The first leg of the tie, which will be played at Solitude on Wednesday July 17, will make history as the first european tie to be broadcast live on terrestrial TV in Northern Ireland.

Five years ago Sky Sports screened Linfield's home Champions League meeting with Dinamo Zagreb live as a lead-in to their Irish League coverage, which has been a huge hit with armchair viewers.

"I am delighted that once again BBC Sport NI has shown its commitment to local football and also ensured that a national audience will get to see this match," said Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor.

"It promises to be a fantastic occasion for our club and indeed football in Northern Ireland in general and to gain a partner such as BBC will make it such a memorable experience for our players."

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