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Scott Sinclair at the double as Celtic thrash Linfield

Scott Sinclair at the double as Celtic thrash Linfield

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Scott Sinclair at the double as Celtic thrash Linfield


The Hoops booked their place in the Champions League third qualifying round.

Celtic booked their place in the Champions League third qualifying round as expected with a 4-0 trouncing of Linfield at Parkhead to go through 6-0 on aggregate.

The Hoops led 2-0 from the first-leg against the Northern Irish part-timers at Windsor Park on Friday night and the return encounter was even more one-sided with Scott Sinclair’s fourth-minute goal no reflection on the first 45 minutes.

The goals came more readily after the break as midfielder Tom Rogic, who like Sinclair had scored in Belfast, added a second two minutes after the restart before Sinclair grabbed his second.

Substitute Stuart Armstrong added a fourth in added time to send Brendan Rodgers’ side comfortably into the next round, where they will play Norwegian side Rosenborg with the first game at Celtic Park next week.

The Scottish champions are sure to be given a stiffer test against the Eliteserien league leaders, who overcame Dundalk after extra-time.

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