Celtic will face Linfield tonight in Belfast, knowing if they take care of the Irish side they may face another trip across the water, only this time to a much friendlier welcome than can be expected this teatime.
Progress to the next round, will see the Hoops play the winners of Dundalk of the Republic of Ireland or Mikel Lustig’s former club Rosenberg, two opponents we’ve already met in Europe’s premier competition.
The first leg on Wednesday evening ended in a 1-1 draw, with the second leg in Norway to come next week.
Although Celtic turned down an official allocation for tonight’s Champions League second round qualifier first leg, the home team have made a statement this afternoon, confirming a section of Windsor Park will be specifically reserved for supporters who decided to go anyway.
The fact Linfield have needed to take these steps, tells us the Hoops WILL have some backing in the hostile East Belfast stadium.
All Celtic and Brendan Rodgers can do now is take care of things on the pitch, and hope there’s nothing to worry about off it. A lead to come back to Celtic Park for Wednesday’s sell-out second leg will do nicely.
C’mon the Hoops..