Scott Brown devastated by Celtic's Champions League failures

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

Celtic face Lincoln Red Imps in a Champions League first-leg qualifier tonight.

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

Scott Brown has described Celtic's last two Champions League campaigns as "devastating" as Bhoys look to start righting from wrongs for tonight's qualifier away at Lincoln Red Imps.

Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his first competitive outing as Celtic boss tonight as his Hoops side take on the minnows of Gibraltar in a first-leg second-round qualifier.

Celtic's Scott Brown

Ronny Deila, who resigned two months before his contract expired this summer, won two successive Scottish Premiership titles, but his failure to qualify the Glasgow outfit for the Champions League proper in either of his two seasons in charge ultimately cost him his job.

Under Deila, Celtic bowed out in the preliminary rounds in 2014 and 2015, and Brown is determined to put things right under Rodgers this time around.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

"It’s a huge game for them but we are trying to get to the Champions League so it’s huge for us. We don’t want to slip up," he said via The Glasgow Evening Times.

"The last two seasons have been devastating. We don’t want to go through that again."

Failure to win in Gibraltar is entirely unlikely, given the gulf in class between both sides, but Celtic only have a couple of friendlies under their belt.

They will need to be professional and give the Red Imps - who overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Flora Tallin - the respect that they deserve.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the press conference

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