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Brendan Rodgers’ First Match As Celtic Manager Went Horribly, Horribly Wrong

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.

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