David Healy left Parkhead full of pride last night, paying tribute to his Linfield players and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers after the classy Scottish champions strolled into the third qualifying round of the Champions League with a comfortable 6-0 aggregate victory.
Trailing 2-0 from the first clash at Windsor Park, the Blues gave it everything at Celtic Park but a Scott Sinclair double and further strikes from Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong ended Linfield's thrilling European adventure with a 4-0 loss on the night.
Healy hailed fellow Ulsterman Rodgers as a "class act on and off the pitch" after the Carnlough man came into the visitors' dressing room after the game and shook hands with every Linfield player.
"Brendan is a class act on and off the pitch, he came into the dressing room and shook all the players' hands," said Healy.
"That means a lot to the staff and the players."