Brendan Rodgers calls for calm after shock defeat but admits Celtic must strengthen

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The Hoops suffered arguably the worst European result in their history on Tuesday night.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Brendan Rodgers has called for calm after Celtic’s shock defeat against the Lincoln Red Imps but admitted he has to improve the squad, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Hoops laboured in difficult conditions but couldn’t find a breakthrough despite dominating possession and now need to overturn a one goal deficit at Parkhead next week if they are to advance to the next qualifying round.

The Champions League trophy before the gameThe Champions League trophy

“There is no panic,” said Rodgers. “We know the type of quality of player to get in and help the team and squad and that’s something we will work on. In the meantime we have enough quality players to get through into the next round. We have to stay together as a team.

“It’s a two-legged affair and our objective here is to get through and I have seen enough in the game for us to get through in the second game.

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

“The message to the fans is to stay calm. This is a good group of players, they are good guys who are working hard and in a week’s time we will need the support next week to hopefully get the job done next week,” he added.

Celtic came close on a number of occasions but struggled to find any fluency to their play on the sticky artificial surface and found themselves a goal down after an all-too-familiar Efe Ambrose blunder on the 48th minute.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the matchCeltic's Efe Ambrose

The Nigerian allowed a hopeful punt upfield to bounce before misjudging its trajectory and being muscled off the ball by part-time policeman Lee Casciaro, who duly found the net.

Rodgers will be confident that his team will turn things around next week but this is hardly the ideal way to kick off his Celtic tenure.

The board will be aware that the former Liverpool manager needs backing in the transfer market if he is to make Celtic competitive in Europe once again but progress has been slow with just Moussa Dembele arriving so far.

Rodgers recently suggested that the club are close to bringing in new recruits and on the basis of Tuesday night’s display, they can’t come soon enough.

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