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Brendan Rodgers make a strange admission over Celtic loss

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the press conference

Celtic lost 1-0 to Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar on Tuesday night.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Quoted by The Glasgow Evening Times, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he isn't shocked by Celtic's 1-0 Champions League defeat by semi-professional outfit Lincoln Red Imps.

Rodgers's reign as Celtic boss got off to an embarrassing start in Gibraltar last night as a 48th-minute winner from Lee Casciaro - who works full time as a military policeman - saw the Bhoys lose the first leg of their second-round qualifier.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

In the scheme of things, it was a massive upset and one which the Hoops will need to rectify during the return leg at Parkhead next Wednesday if the Northern Irishman is to maintain the club's push for the group stages, following Celtic's two-year absence.

That being said, the former Liverpool manager has made a rather odd omission regarding the defeat, claiming that he was not all entirely surprised by the defeat, suggesting that modern-day football allows for occasional freak defeats.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

"I'm not really shocked. I’ve been around the game long enough, I know these results can happen," he said via The Glasgow Evening Times.

"We stay calm. We know what our objective is over the course of the round. We need to put in a performance and get a result next week."

Winning Scottish Premiership titles is not enough at Celtic.

If it were, Ronny Deila, who won two of them in two years, would have been offered a contract extension long before he resigned in April, but the truth is that a Celtic boss will be judged on whether they qualify the club for the Champions League and the early signs do not bode well for Rodgers.

They should definitely turn this tie around, but there are four more matches to negotiate after the return leg if the Glasgow giants are to rub shoulders with Europe's elite again.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

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