Saturday 20 January 2018

Neil Lennon hoping for Belfast calm

Celtic manager Neil Lennon
Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon is hoping Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville in north Belfast tomorrow night goes off without a hitch.

There has been four consecutive nights of public disorder in the city and in other parts of Northern Ireland ahead of the Hoops' visit to Solitude.

The trouble emanated from a ruling by the Parades Commission, banning an Orange Order parade from marching along a stretch of road that separates loyalist and nationalist communities in north Belfast on July 12.

Asked about the situation at the pre-match press conference, the Parkhead club's Lurgan-born manager said: "Preparations have gone really well so far.

"It hasn't had an impact on us and I am hoping the night will be remembered for all the right reasons.

"There might be things (extra security) going on in the background that the police are working hard at but as far as we are aware this has just been a normal Champions League trip.

"We have been really well looked after."

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