Red Imps captain uses one word to describe David v Goliath clash against Celtic
By Tom Blackburn
Lincoln Red Imps captain Roy Chipolina has piled the pressure on Celtic ahead of their Champions League second qualifying round tie tomorrow night.
Talking to BBC Scotland, Chipolina said it would be the biggest upset in the Scottish giants’ vast history if the Gibraltarians were to win.
“I think, arguably, it would be one of football’s biggest upsets in Europe,” Chipolina said. “We only became semi-professional three years ago.
“Everyone is excited, it is an amazing tie. The only word I can use to describe it is surreal. It doesn’t really get much bigger than Celtic.
“And it’s not just the club. I think the whole of Gibraltar is looking forward to this match.”
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Chipolina captained the Gibraltar side that played Scotland in the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, when his national team shipped 56 goals in 10 matches during the campaign.
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.
Celtic fans were given a boost on Monday morning, when BT Sport agreed to show the tie live from Gibraltar after initial coverage plans were dropped.
Celtic have won the last five league titles in Scotland, but the last four have lacked the challenge of rivals Rangers.
This season sees the return of Rangers to the top flight and they are expected to pose an instant threat after four years in the wilderness.
New manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy in the transfer window signing attacking pair Moussa Dembele and PJ Crossan and is now being linked with a move for Blackburn defender Shane Duffy.
In other Celtic news, they have lined up a bid for a winger as Rodgers refuses to take no for an answer.