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Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps: Brendan Rodgers promises to 'get the job done'

By Robert Jones

Published 20/07/2016

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has vowed that his Celtic side will safely negotiate their opening round of Champions League qualification - and avoid what would be the most embarrassing episode in the club's proud history.

Rodgers watched on in horror as his first competitive game in charge ended in a humiliating 1-0 defeat last midweek against little Lincoln Red Imps, the part-timers from Gibraltar.

But the Carnlough native has promised that there will be no slip ups in tonight's second leg and the Scottish champions - Britain's first European Cup winners back in 1967 - will ease through to the next round.

"I am aware the supporters want to get through," said Rodgers.

"That's the most important thing. These games are always built up as walkovers but there are not too many of them in modern football. It doesn't matter who the bodies are, if they work in a bank or not, if you have 11 people behind a ball and they are fit enough they can make it very difficult for you.

"I think that was proven last week. So, of course, we expect to do better and we are disappointed. But even if we had won 1-0 last week it wouldn't have been deemed a good result. For me, the job was always going to be finished at home and that's what we aim to do.

"I am working with a group of players who are so humble and have no ego," said the former Liverpool boss.

"I was disappointed with the result, of course. For me, it has always been about getting the job done."

Rodgers' side will face either the Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius or Astana of Kazakhstan in the third qualifying round if they can overturn the deficit.

Celtic Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PA
Celtic Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PA
Celtic's Mikael Lustig (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic show their support in the stands prior to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic Patrick Roberts (left) Lincoln Red Imps Kyle Casciaro battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
Celtic fans in Celtic Park prior to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Leigh Griffiths of Celtic arrives before the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football Club and Lincoln Red Imps at Celtic Park, Glasgow on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 20 : Celtic fans arrive early at Celtic Park ahead of their match against Lincoln Imps on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Scott Brown Celtic Captain arrives before the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football Club and Lincoln Red Imps at Celtic Park, Glasgow on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 20 : Celtic fans arrive before the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football Club and Lincoln Red Imps at Celtic Park, Glasgow on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic arrives before the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football Club and Lincoln Red Imps at Celtic Park, Glasgow on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 20 : Celtic fans arrive before the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Celtic Football Club and Lincoln Red Imps at Celtic Park, Glasgow on July 20, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Celtic fans outside Celtic Park prior to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 20, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.
File photo dated 23-05-2016 of New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 18, 2016. As Scotland's highest-ever paid boss on a deal worth around £50,000 a week, Brendan Rodgers has not come cheap for Celtic. See PA story SOCCER Pre-Season Scottish Talking Points. Photo credit should read Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

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