"There's no embarassment" - Brendan Rodgers faces the media after Celtic's defeat to part-time football team

His first competitive game in charge of Celtic ended in a 1-0 away defeat to Lincoln Red Imps

Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers insists that there is no shame in Celtic's 1-0 defeat away to Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar last night, but says his side has work today ahead of their home tie next Wednesday.

A Lee Casciaro second half goal handed the minnows victory and condemned the Scottish Premiership champions to one of the most embarrassing defeats in the club's history. 

"No. There is obvious disappointment," he said. "There is no embarrassment. It was a tough game in tough conditions. We didn’t take our chances, they took their chance.

"We dominated and created enough chances to score. Sometimes it can happen, obviously with the pitch, an awkward bounce and all of a sudden the player is in, it’s into the floor and goes in.

"We have seen enough to see that we can get through in the second leg. Of course you are disappointed to lose. It was difficult, of course. They set up 5-4-1. And it doesn’t matter the team, the level.

"Teams have good organisation, 11 players behind the ball. Throw the pitch into that, it’s very, very tough for the players. But we created enough chances, their keeper made fantastic saves. It gives us a bit of work to do in the second leg.

"They were never in command. We were the team with dominance. What we lacked was the final touch, the final ball. I’m not really shocked. I’ve been around the game often enough, I know these results can happen. We stay calm. We need to put in a performance next week. The result here complicates it a bit for us. We move on to next week."

Via The Guardian