Northern Ireland get Italy in World Cup draw while it's Ronaldo for the Republic

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Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Northern Ireland have been handed a difficult qualifying draw for the 2022 World Cup.

They'll take on Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Lithuania in Group C next year.

But captain Steven Davis says he's relishing the challenge.

The Republic of Ireland have drawn Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

The other teams in the group are Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.

Manager Stephen Kenny has called it "an exciting group."

He added: "Portugal are the European Champions and the Nations League champions and Serbia, of course, have a great pedigree.

"Luxembourg are a vastly improved team and Azerbaijan - so it's an exciting group."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has received backing from the club's board, but it says progress will be reviewed in the new year:

There's one match in the Danske Bank Premiership on Tuesday night with Dungannon Swifts hosting Portadown.

Meanwhile, a former Linfield, Coleraine and Ballymena star has left Shamrock Park:


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