Signings only improving Celtic - Rodgers

A bottle was thrown at Leigh Griffiths

A bottle was thrown at Leigh Griffiths

The statement from Linfield adds: "Celtic fans will not be admitted to any other part of the ground and Linfield fans should not enter the stadium from the Boucher Road".

CELTIC face a trip to Dundalk or Rosenborg if they get past Linfield in the Champions League. He said the atmosphere would be "strange" without the famous travelling Celtic support.

After a month of hype the talking is over and the final countdown is on to Linfield's match against Celtic in the preliminary stages of the Champions League.

Celtic fans gathered at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood last night to welcome manager Brendan Rodgers and his squad to the north.

Mr Rodgers said: "This is a game that the football club haven't been able to have assurances for their safety.which is sad for me". Football is loved in this country and to have the two sets of supporters there would have been fantastic.

Despite the postponement, Celtic have opted not to take up their ticket allocation for the qualifier due to fears of trouble among the club's supporters and Linfield's loyalist fans.

The club said: "This is clearly not our understanding of the situation,".

The police have also been claiming that this decision was made only by the club, without any interference of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

In a tweet, police said that "contrary to some reports" the decision to have no away fans in the stadium was "a decision taken exclusively by the football club and was not made by PSNI".

Meanwhile, Celtic has confirmed that all tickets for the second leg clash in Glasgow are now sold out.

Both clubs have made public requests that Celtic fans do not purchase tickets for the game.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown will take his place in the starting line-up against Linfield after confirming he's fully recovered from the Achilles twinge he felt during last Saturday's thrashing of Shamrock Rovers.

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