Celtic fans react to controversial Champions League draw

Celtic fans react to controversial Champions League draw

Spanish legend Xavi has claimed Celtic are too big a club for the Champions League qualifiers and has called for them to be placed straight into the group stage of the competition.Representatives of both clubs met after the draw was made in Nyon and were content to go ahead with a 5pm kick-off despite police resources being stretched for the Orange Order parades the following day.A side from San Marino is all that stands between Celtic and a very interesting trip to Belfast.But above all, Celtic’s first priority will be to keep hold of their existing star players.Celtic Park’s 60,000 capacity means 6,000 Linfield fans are guaranteed tickets for the return leg if required.The 11/12 July date is problematic as it coincides with the “Twelfth” marches in Northern Ireland and an alternative arrangement is likely to be sought.It remains to be seen how any issues could be resolved, but there have already been some suggestions that switching the game to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin could be an option.”If Linfield meet Celtic in Champions League at Windsor Park, the game will NOT be played on JULY 12″.”To be honest I would prefer a softer team than Celtic“.”Before that, we play La Fiorita at home next Wednesday and away the following week and that is the priority now”. “That is just being realistic”, he said.”You always want to play in decent football grounds and atmospheres and having spoken to Niall McGinn he talks about the atmosphere”.And having played against the Scottish champions many times during his glittering career, World Cup victor Xavi Hernandez knows how big a club Brendan Rodgers’ side are, and loves seeing them play on the biggest stage. “It’s all well and good knowing that, it’s a different matter trying to stop it”, he told the Scottish Sun.

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