Linfield at San Marino on the verge of Celtic clash

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By Q Radio Sport

Linfield are on the verge of clinching a money-spinning Champions League clash with Celtic.

They're 1-0 up going into tonight's first qualifying round, second leg match against La Fiorita in San Marino.

David Healy's men are aiming to set up a game against the Glasgow giants at Windsor Park on Friday July 14th.

It's estimated the showdown could be worth as much as £1m to the Danske Bank Premiership champions, including UEFA prizemoney, gate receipts and TV revenue.

Healy says his players realise there's still work to be done tonight and although a draw would do they intend to go for the victory...

Healy has won in San Marino before during his record-breaking days as a Northern Ireland striker.

He says the Blues players have been coping well with the warm weather in the tiny country which has a population of 33,500 and is surrounded by Italy...

New signing Jordan Stewart scored on his debut in last week's first leg victory over La Fiorita in Belfast and he's hoping for more of the same this evening...

The 22-year-old former Glentoran forward has returned to the Irish League after a spell with Swindon Town.

And Stewart says he was proud to pull on the number 10 jersey for the club where his late grandfather Phil Scott was a goalscoring hero in the 1960s and early 70s.

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