European Champions League

Celtic ‘humiliated’ by Gibraltarian part-timers

Brendan Rodgers vidBrendan Rodgers’ reign as Celtic manager got off to a humiliating start after they were defeated in their European Champions League qualifying match by a team of part-timers in Gibraltar.

The 1-0 setback to Lincoln Red Imps prompted a backlash of criticism on social media as fans and former players tore into the new manager’s team selection and the poor performance of the Scottish Champions.

Many described it as a new low point after several years of embarrassing early exits to so-called minnows. Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner described it as the worst result in Celtic’s history.

The only goal came on 48 minutes from Lincoln captain and local policeman Lee Casciaro who scored Gibraltar’s first ever competitive international goal – against Scotland in March last year.

Before the match Imps captain Roy Chipolina said he had done a day’s work before the game. The home team included a fireman, a policeman and a taxi driver.

Afterwards, further scorn was poured on Rodgers (pictured) after he said the result was not embarrassing.

“There’s no panic. We’ve got enough quality here to get through to the next round. It’s a two-legged affair, our objective is to get through,” he said, looking ahead the return leg at Celtic Park next Wednesday when the home fans will be in unforgiving mood if the result is not reversed.

“I think the players gave everything that they had,” said Rodgers. “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 line-up: Gordon, Dembele (Ciftci 74′), Bitton, Ambrose (booked), Griffiths, Brown, Christie (Forrest 57′), Rogic (Armstrong 58′), Tierney, Sviatchenko, Janko 

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