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Celtic Fans Might Have Been Embarrassed By Their Humiliating Loss But Brendan Rodgers Was Not

Celtic Fans Might Have Been Embarrassed By Their Humiliating Loss But Brendan Rodgers Was Not

In the 48th minute of Celtic's Champions League second qualifying round game against Lincoln Red Imps last night, a long ball was sent over the top of the Celtic defence - it completely baffled Efe Ambrose.

The defender got the wrong side of Lincoln striker Lee Casciaro - who you may remember from Ireland playing Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying. Casciaro touched the ball inside Ambrose and then past Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal.

The Victoria Stadium went nuts as the Gibraltarian part-timers took the lead against the Scottish champions. Their advantage would hold until the final whistle. A famous one for them and an embarrassing one for Celtic - well for the fans anyway.

It was not an embarrassment for Brendan Rodgers.

In the post-match press conference, Rodgers spoke of Lincoln's defensive set-up and the pitch as being mitigating factors.

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No. There is obvious disappointment.

There is no embarrassment. It was a tough game in tough conditions. We didn't take our chances, they took their chance.

We dominated and created enough chances to score. Sometimes it can happen, obviously with the pitch, an awkward bounce and all of a sudden the player is in, it's into the floor and goes in.

We have seen enough to see that we can get through in the second leg. Of course you are disappointed to lose.

It was difficult, of course. They set up 5-4-1. And it doesn't matter the team, the level. Teams have good organisation, 11 players behind the ball.

Throw the pitch into that, it's very, very tough for the players.

But we created enough chances, their keeper made fantastic saves. It gives us a bit of work to do in the second leg.

Celtic play Lincoln in the return leg on Wednesday.

Here's the goal.

PJ Browne
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