Saturday 23 September 2017

Watch: Celtic midfielder gets bottle of buckfast thrown at him... and the referee books him for time wasting

14 July 2017; Leigh Griffiths of Celtic is shown a yellow card after having missiles thrown at him during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Linfield and Glasgow Celtic at the National Football Stadium in Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
14 July 2017; Leigh Griffiths of Celtic is shown a yellow card after having missiles thrown at him during the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Linfield and Glasgow Celtic at the National Football Stadium in Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ronnie Esplin

Celtic took the first step towards the Champions League with a comfortable 2-0 win over part-time Linfield at Windsor Park.

The Parkhead club had refused their ticket allocation for the first leg of the second qualifying round clash in Belfast due to safety fears.

However, there were around 300 Hoops fans in the Kop stand, set aside for them in a half-full stadium, to see attacker Scott Sinclair head Brendan Rodgers' side ahead in the 17th minute before midfielder Tom Rogic made it 2-0 five minutes later.

It was a canter in the second half for the Glasgow club against the Northern Irish champions but there was some missiles thrown by home fans in the south stand at Celtic corners which blighted the night, despite Leigh Griffiths picking up a yellow card for time wasting after bringing an incident to the referee's attention.

Yet the Scottish champions will surely finish the tie off next Wednesday night with the winners of the Dundalk versus Rosenborg clash waiting in the next round.

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