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'No embarrassment' for Celtic in Gibraltar defeat – Rodgers

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‘No embarrassment in Lincoln loss’

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insisted “there’s no embarrassment” after his side lost 1-0 to Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the Champions League second qualifying round.

Lee Casciaro’s goal for the part-timers condemned Celtic to arguably their worst ever defeat in Rodgers’ first competitive game in charge.

“I’m not really [shocked]. I know these results can happen,” said Rodgers.

“We stay calm. We need a performance next week.”

Celtic will welcome the champions of Gibraltar – a team containing a fireman, a policeman and a taxi driver – to Glasgow next Wednesday.

And Rodgers feels he saw enough from the Scottish champions to believe they will still get through the tie.

“We dominated and had enough chances, but sometimes it can happen like that – one ball up the pitch and they’re in,” said the former Swansea and Liverpool manager.

“You let the local team have their night, we press on, another week’s training and be better for it.

“We’ve given ourselves a bit of work to do but there’s no panic. It’s a two-legged affair and our objective is to get through.

“The message [to the fans] is to stay calm. I always felt this qualification phase would be based on the second legs at home and we’ll need their support.”

Celtic fielded eight full internationals in their starting XI

‘If miracles can happen, we will knock Celtic out’

Before the match, Lincoln Red Imps captain Roy Chipolina claimed beating Celtic – who won the European Cup in 1967 – would be European football’s biggest shock.

The customs officer saw no reason to revise that option in the aftermath.

“When you look at the history of both clubs, nothing has changed,” he said.

“Celtic are still a massive club and they are still favourites in the tie – but I don’t think anyone expected us to be going over to Glasgow with a 1-0 lead.

“We will be going over there more confident than we thought and, if miracles can happen again, we will knock Celtic out of the Champions League.”

Analysis

Liam McLeod, BBC Scotland commentator

“Celtic’s reputation has taken a battering tonight. One of their worst results ever? I would say it’s the worst result ever. This has probably superseded anything that has gone before. It is that bad for the club, it’s that bad for this team and I think Brendan Rodgers realises the size of the task he now has here.

“It’s inexplicable to think that Celtic are having to come back from a deficit in the second leg of a Champions League qualifier against a side from the overseas British territory of Gibraltar. It’s quite incredible.”

What the papers say

Scottish Sun
The Herald
Scottish Daily Mail

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: 'No embarrassment' for Celtic in Gibraltar defeat – Rodgers

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