Celtic boss hopes for Belfast calm

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

There have 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.”

Meanwhile, Efe Ambrose is set to take part in tomorrow night’s match.

The Nigeria defender was given extra time off following the Confederations Cup.

However, with Adam Matthews, Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley and Virgil van Dijk injured and Steven Mouyokolo signed but not available until next week, manager Neil Lennon will call upon the services of Ambrose earlier than expected.

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