By Tom Blackburn
Brendan Rodgers has shocked Celtic fans by saying the club’s humiliating 1-0 loss to Lincoln Red Imps is “no embarrassment”.
Red Imps beat Celtic 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying clash on Tuesday night after Lee Casciaro etched his name into Gibraltar folklore with his second-half strike.
It is Casciaro’s second major strike on Scottish soil, after he scored for the national side in their game against Scotland last year.
BBC journalist Tom English reported Rodgers’ comment on his Twitter account in the immediate aftermath of a match that is already being hailed as one of the worst in Celtic’s lengthy history.
"No embarrassment," says Brendan Rodgers. Incredible comment.
— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) July 12, 2016
Red Imps are the country’s record champion with 22 league titles, the last 14 of which have been consecutive, and in 2014 they were the first team to represent Gibraltar in the UEFA Champions League.
This result has been as the greatest in their history, while it is clearly regarded as a low point fro Celtic.
Pre-match Rodgers said he was wary of the threat the the minnows posed.
“We will treat them the same as if we were playing Barcelona or Real Madrid – that’s what I said to the team when we went through the video analysis,” Rodgers told the Herard Scotland.
Nevertheless, the result came as a massive shock for the club and its vast fan base.
In other Celtic news, a two-time Celtic league winner has clinched his move to a top-tier outfit after leaving Parkhead.