Celtic lost to Lincoln Red Imps in first leg of Champions League qualifier. This was Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive game as Celtic manage. New signing Moussa Dembele had a goal disallowed in the first-halffirst-half and Lee Casciaro scored the winner for the lowest ranked team in competition.
Lincoln Red Imps: Navas, Garcia, Roy Chipolina, Ryan Casciaro (Cabrera), Joseph Chipolina, Bernardo Lopes, Patino (Chipolina), Walker (Bardon), Kyle Casciaro, Calderon, Lee Casciaro.
Subs: Soler, Rojas, Clinton, Kenneth, Livramento.
Booked: K Casciaro
Goal: L Casciaro
Celtic: Gordon, Janko, Ambrose, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Rogic (Armstrong), Brown, Bitton, Griffiths, Dembele (Ciftci), Christie (Forrest).
Subs: Fasan, Lustig, Roberts, McGregor.
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
Speaking after the game, Rodgers said: ‘It was a game that we dominated and had enough chances to score, but sometimes it can happen in games like that, one ball up the pitch and they’re in.
‘We’ve given ourselves a bit of work to do. I saw enough from the game, we created enough to go through. Of course you never want to lose the game. You let the local team have their night, we press on, another week’s training and be better for it.
‘There’s no embarrassment. We never took our chances and they took theirs. The second leg will be different.
‘There’s no panic. We’ve got enough quality here to get through to the next round. It’s a two-legged affair, our objective is to get through. I think the players gave everything that they had. The message (to the fans) is to stay calm. I always felt this qualification phase would be based on the second legs at home and we’ll need their support.
‘It’s congratulations to them. It’s a good win for them. For us we accept it. Over the course of the two games if we didn’t get through I’d be concerned. We have to put it right in the next game. We’re making no excuses. We’ll be fine for the second game.’