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Celtic see off Imps to avoid further red faces

Brendan Rodgers (CFC web)Football – European Champions League qualifier: Celtic put their nightmare in Gibraltar behind them to ease through to the next round of the Champions League qualifying stages.

Three quick-fire goals in the first half were enough to overcome the part-timers Lincoln Red Imps 3-1 on aggregate.

A near-capacity crowd turned out for manager Brendan Rodgers’ first home European tie and he will have been the most relieved individual inside the stadium following the embarrassing defeat a week ago.

Goals from Lustig (23′), Griffiths (26′) and Roberts (29′) helped settle any nerves in this second qualifying round second leg.

Celtic will play Astana in Kazakhstan in the next round which will mean another artificial pitch and 35C heat.

The Kazakhs made it to the group stage of the Champions League last season, so will be no pushovers.


Football – England: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be appointed England manager today, replacing Roy Hodgson who stepped down after the disappointing Euro 2016 performances.

Allardyce has been at the Stadium of Light for just nine months, but pulled off his usual trick of helping the club avoid relegation.

The 61-year-old has also managed West Ham, Newcastle, Bolton and Notts County, and has got the nod over the Hull City boss asnd former Manchester United skipper Steve Bruce.

Allardyce lost out to Steve McClaren for the England position following the departure of Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson after the 2006 World Cup.


Football – SPL: Tony Watt has signed on at Hearts on a season-long loan from Charlton Athletic.

The former Celtic striker, best remembered for scoring a winning Champions League goal against Barcelona in 2012, will not be available for tonight’s visit of Birkirkara because of an injury.

Watt, 22, joined Belgian outfit Lierse on loan in 2013 before moving to Standard Liege on a permanent deal.

He spent last year out of loan to Cardiff, Blackburn and Charlton. He debuted for the national team against the Czech Republic.




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