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Linfield confirm Celtic won't take away fans, UCL date moved to avoid march

Linfield celebrate Jordan Stewart's winner on Wednesday.
Linfield host Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Linfield have confirmed that Celtic will not take up their away ticket allocation for their Champions League qualifier at Windsor Park, which has been rescheduled to avoid security concerns.

The two sides will meet in the second qualifying round later this month after Northern Irish side Linfield eliminated La Fiorita of San Marino in the previous round on Tuesday.

Linfield have confirmed that the first leg in Belfast will take place on July 14, rather than July 11 or 12 as had originally been scheduled, after UEFA said last month that the tie would have to be moved due to it taking place at the height of the marching season in Northern Ireland. This had sparked fears of trouble among Linfield and Celtic supporters.

A Linfield statement read: "Following our success in San Marino on Tuesday evening, the club is making preparations for the second qualifying tie against Celtic. The first leg will take place at Windsor Park on July 14 with a 5 p.m. [BST] kickoff. This will be an all ticket game.

"The club has been working with the relevant authorities and with Celtic Football Club to make provisional arrangements for this game. No tickets will be made available to away fans for this fixture.

"We appreciate the continued cooperation from supporters as we put plans in place for the second qualifying round. We will also announce arrangements soon for supporters wishing to travel to the away tie in Glasgow."

The second qualifying round return leg in Glasgow will take place on July 19 at Celtic Park.

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