Celtic will not play Linfield in Belfast on July 12

Celtic will face either Linfield or La Fiorita in the Champions League second round qualifying

If Linfield manage to overcome their opponents to set up a date with Celtic, the first leg of the encounter is to take place on July 12, the main day of the Orange Order marches.

Xavi, who has played many a times at Celtic Park during Champions League meetings with Celtic, believes that the Bhoys are heading in the right direction under Brendan Rodgers.

But anxious Northern Irish cops could block the clash and force the fixtures to be swapped, meaning Celtic will host the first leg at Parkhead.

"We've couldn't have asked for a better draw, to be honest", he said.

"It would be worth a lot of money and it would be two massive games for a lot of players but if we go into the game against La Fiorita with that mentality you could end up with egg on your face before getting anywhere near Celtic".

'They were the top team in the draw, they've had a tremendous season and of course there is the Brendan Rodgers factor, too.

A side from San Marino is all that stands between Celtic and a very interesting trip to Belfast.

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The former Rangers striker said: "Celtic are a ruthless outfit who find chinks in the opposition's armour and expose them".

There were violent scenes in 1990 when Donegal Celtic played Linfield at the ground.

Carroll spent six months at Ibrox in 2007, making just one appearance in a League Cup match against East Fife before moving on to Derby County in January 2008. We all wanted a big club and they don't come much bigger than Celtic.

He said: "I'd play in the auto park tomorrow if I needed to". I know from playing in Europe with Aberdeen over the last few years that there isn't one easy game.

"They hit the post in the final minute and that would have put them through on the away goals if it had gone in".

"I'm sure if we get there, both games will be a sell-out".



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