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Celtic caught between a rock and a hard place

The Brendan Rodgers era at Celtic has got off to the worst possible start as he saw his side fall to their most embarrassing defeat ever at the hands of Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps. Last night saw  the first leg of their Champions League Second Qualfying Round tie and it was certainly a night to forget for the Scottish champions.

They now have it all to do as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit next week at Celtic Park that’s thanks to a second half goal from Lee Casciaro which silenced the traveling Celtic fans.

Efe Ambrose came in for the most criticism last night as it was he who was at fault for Casciaro’s goal but none of the team really came away with any glory.

Leigh Griffiths hit the woodwork twice and in a game where they had 75% possession but were blunt in attack you could tell it just wasn’t going to be Celtic’s night.

Perhaps the fact the pitch was bone dry didn’t really help Celtic but now disrespect the Gibraltarian champions but this result really should have been a foregone conclusion. This was a coupon buster if every there was one.

Just when you think Scottish Football couldn’t sink any lower after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 when it seemed like the whole of Europe was there they have to deal with this result.

The spoils and the headlines go to Lincoln Red Imps though as they now look to protect that 1-0 lead and complete the biggest shock in Gibraltar’s young footballing history.

An awful start for Brendan Rodgers and one that the blue half of Glasgow will be laughing at for days if not weeks.

Home nation representation came from Welsh champions The New Saints and they held Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia to a creditable draw. They will now look to try and to pull off an upset when the two sides meet again in Cyprus next week.

Here is all you need to know from the stunning result last night:

 

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