Former Celtic striker Maciej Zurawski explains why he's sure Brendan Rodgers will bounce back from humiliating start as Hoops boss

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The Northern Irishman lost his first game in charge of the Scottish Premiership side.

Maciej Zurawski - CelticMaciej Zurawski during his days at Celtic

Former Celtic striker Maciej Zurawski is confident that Brendan Rodgers will bounce back from his humiliating start as Hoops boss, after being part of the squad that was stunned by Artmedia Bratislava in Gordon Strachan's first game in charge, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Northern Irishman's first competitive game saw the Bhoys travel to Gibraltar to face Lincoln Red Imps in what should have been a simple contest for the Scottish Premiership side.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejectedCurrent Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

However, they were beaten 1-0 in one of the greatest sporting upsets in recent memory. And while they will surely manage to go through to the next round of the Champions League qualifiers, Rodgers may struggle to shake off the embarrassment that came from the defeat.

But having been in the team that suffered an even more emphatic defeat in Slovenia at the same stage of the competition 11 years ago - Celtic lost 5-0 on that occasion - Zurawski is certain that the success that Strachan went on to enjoy can give Rodgers confidence that he can also put the defeat behind him. 

Gordon Strachan - Celtic Manager v Artmedia BratislavaFormer Celtic boss Gordon Strachan

"Look at Gordon's first game as Celtic manager - it couldn't have got off to a worse start losing in Bratislava," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Everyone was getting criticised, people were questioning the club - but he became a great manager for Celtic."

"This is a different team and the standard of player is maybe slightly lower. But he [Rodgers] is a good manager with a fantastic record in English football.

"I am certain that he will be a success in Scotland."

Artmedia's Fabio Gomez celebrates at the end of the game while Celtic's Mohamed Camara, Dianbobo Balde and Stiliyan Petrov  look dejectedArtmedia's Fabio Gomez celebrates at the end of the game

While the stature of the team that beat the Hoops more than a decade ago would have arguably been higher than that of the Lincoln side, Strachan arguably had a much tougher job to bounce back as the shock of the loss was amplified when they agonisingly failed to turn the game around - they won the second-leg 4-0 - whereas Rodgers' men should still get through, so there should still be some positives to take from the tie.

However, if they fail to get through this time around, there is no doubt that Rodgers will be facing a bigger challenge than Strachan did trying to win supporters back round. 

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