Rodgers unfazed by Bhoys' task in Windsor cauldron

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The tie against Linfield - managed by David Healy - will go ahead, however, with the first tie this Friday and the return leg at Celtic Park on July 19th.

Celtic have said that they are "extremely surprised" by the Northern Irish Police's Twitter statement, after the latter distanced themselves from a decision over tickets for the match against Linfield.

"He is a boy that I really like, that still has development and is a young player that wants to be at Celtic".

Celtic completed the treble last season, going undefeated throughout the domestic campaign, and there were a number of players who caught the eye after some fantastic performances.

"The football club haven't been able to have assurances for their safety, which is sad for me". The conditions were tough and hard - but there was also a vulnerability there in the team.

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"The only sadness for me, wherever I have been and travelled in this past year, the games have been great but the supporters have been brilliant". The club hadn't qualified for the Champions League for a couple of seasons. I expect them to do very well and add to the already good squad that we have. If you go to Ibrox, in front of 50-odd thousand, with 40-odd thousand opponents against you, you have to be ready.

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.

On the ticket row for the powderkeg clash Rodgers said: "The disappointment is that the supporters aren't there because wherever Celtic travel worldwide they are renowned for having great support". I know it's the marching season and all that sort of stuff, but this is a new Northern Ireland and should have been a place where the Celtic supporters could come in.

"While there can be an option to reverse the fixtures if both clubs agree, during discussions, Linfield made it clear that they did not wish to reverse the tie and they wanted play their home leg first".

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