Brendan Rodgers: There was "no embarrassment" about Celtic's defeat to Lincoln Red Imps

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Brendan Rodgers couldn't have asked for an easier first fixture as Celtic manager when his side were drawn with Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second qualifying round.

The Scottish giants were widely expected to trounce their Gibraltan semi-pro opponents, even if it wasn't on home soil.

And yet, incredibly, Celtic slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat.


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Lee Casciaro was the hero, his second-half strike just after the break securing Lincoln an historic victory.

Rodgers was quickly panned on social media after Celtic suffered arguably their worst ever defeat, with the Northern Irishman's post-match interview equally as hilarious.

Quite sensationally, the former Liverpool manager claimed there was "no embarrassment" about his side's defeat.

He said, per BBC Sport: "A game that we dominated and had enough chances to score, but sometimes it can happen in games like that, one ball up the pitch and they’re in.

"We’ve given ourselves a bit of work to do. I saw enough from the game, we created enough to go through. Of course you never want to lose the game.

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

"There’s no embarrassment. We never took our chances and they took theirs. The second leg will be different."

Rodgers then attempted to instill calm amongst Celtic's furious supporters.

"There's no panic," he added. "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.

"I think the players gave everything that they had. 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."

Trust Rodgers to defend such a disappointing defeat by claiming he knew the second leg would be decisive.

The 43-year-old will only hope his side show more "character" in the return leg... Get it?

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