New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers could not have asked for a better tie in his first official match in charge.
Playing against Lincoln Red Imps, champions of Gibraltar, in a Champions League second qualifying round game at the Victoria Stadium, in a fixture that the Scottish champions were overwhelming favourites to win seemed almost too good to be true.
And it was.
Instead, Celtic suffered what could well be the worst defeat in their European history, going down 1-0 to their opponents courtesy of a winner from Lee Casciaro, who tomorrow will go into work in his day job as a policeman.
Despite having the better of the first half, Celtic had no response to Casciaro’s goal, scored just three minutes into the second half.
With the greatest of respect to Lincoln Red Imps, for Celtic to lose this match in such a manner will be thoroughly humiliating for Rodgers. Celtic have long been of the opinion that their presence in the early qualifying stages is somehow beneath them, but results like tonight will do little to aid their argument.
They will have the chance to overturn the deficit, and they will still fully expect to, when the teams meet at Celtic Park next week.
By now, however, Rodgers will surely know the scale of the task he has in transforming the fortunes of this dormant club.
In the meantime, Twitter at least stayed empathetic and calm with what was a mortifying night for the Scottish champions.
No, of course it didn’t.
Celtic’s defeat to a Junior team from Gibraltar in European competition is the most embarrassing loss suffered by a Scottish club EVER!
— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) July 12, 2016
What an absolute embarrassment for Celtic Football Club, for Scottish Football, for every Celtic player & Brendan Rodgers, beyond disgusting
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) July 12, 2016
— Nick (@Nick28T) July 12, 2016
FT: Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 Celtic
Brendan Rodgers loses his first game to a semi-professional club from Gibraltar. https://t.co/9IZqz9zvCm
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) July 12, 2016
Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 CFC.
The worst result in Scottish Football History? pic.twitter.com/E89f0fJlYG
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) July 12, 2016
Name – Lee Casciaro
Occupation – Gibraltarian policeman
Goals scored against CFC – 1 pic.twitter.com/RgkqcXVewn
— bet365 (@bet365) July 12, 2016
Lincoln Red Imps 1 Celtic 0 – where does that rank among the worst results in the club’s history?
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 12, 2016
Hope the stationery department at CFC has sufficient envelopes.
— LFCZA (@LFCZA) July 12, 2016
“Four score and 7 years ago, we pumped CFC” – Lincoln, 2103
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) July 12, 2016
Brendan Rodgers has lost his first game as CFC boss 1-0 against Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar. Here is their team. pic.twitter.com/th6dO13WMv
— Purely Football (@PurelyFootball) July 12, 2016