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Hoops make a trip to Palace Barracks

By Staff Reporter

Celtic football team prepared for their Linfield clash yesterday with a training session at Palace Barracks.

The Glasgow giants stayed at the Culloden Hotel in Cultra during their trip to Northern Ireland, and travelled the short distance to the army base in Holywood for a final stretch of the legs before Friday evening’s match.

While the decision of Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys to use the Army’s facilities both raised some eyebrows and drew praise on social media, there would have been some familiar accents behind the wire — which is currently home to the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Army received praise on social media for giving Celtic access to their pitches for training, however one Twitter user quipped: “Celtic training in Palace Barracks, ahead of tonight’s game? The auld peace process throws a mad curve ball every once and a while.”

Meanwhile a Twitter handle run by Linfield fans — which has more than 10,000 followers paid tribute to the Scots team for the initiative: “With everything set aside, it is good to see Celtic using local facilities today for a light training session in Palace Barracks. Well done!”

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