Linfield are 52-time champions of the Northern Irish league and managed by former Rangers striker David Healy, who told the Scottish Sun on Sunday that while everyone else at the club was desperate for a crack at Celtic, he feared his side had no chance of beating the Glasgow giants.
However, at this early stage remains to be seen whether police would sanction Celtic playing Linfield in Belfast on 12 July, or 11 July, even in the event of this being the way the draw pans out.
It was something that wasn’t lost on social media users on Monday morning.
“Obviously we have a two-legged tie against La Fiorita first and we won’t get ahead of ourselves, but with the second qualifying round so soon after, it is vital be start thinking about arrangements now for a potential blockbuster tie”.
The Lilywhites will be at home in the first leg with Stephen Kenny’s men set to travel to Trondheim for the return game.
If the Blues progress they will play the 1967 European Cup winners in Belfast on 11/12 July with the second leg at Celtic Park on 18/19 July. That is the preferred option. I’m sure the fans would love nothing more than a game against Celtic.
In his first competitive game in charge of the Parkhead team, Rodgers saw his players lose 1-0 to Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar, the smallest club ever to play Celtic in Europe.
“I’m sure a live TV deal will be discussed, too”, said McGivern. We have two very important games before a potential tie with Celtic but it is the best draw would could have hoped for.
UEFA were last month quoted as saying: “All criteria, including matters of ownership, will be verified for each club by UEFA only once we have received the competition entry forms and documentation from the national football associations and clubs, following the end of the season in the respective leagues”.