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Casciaro aims to score Old Firm double


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By Ronnie Esplin

St Joseph's defender Ryan Casciaro is hoping circumstances conspire to provide another shock in Gibraltar when Rangers visit next week.

The 35-year-old was in the Lincoln Red Imps side which stunned Celtic in 2016 when his brother Lee scored the only goal of the Champions League qualifier first leg at the tiny Victoria Stadium, although the Hoops rescued the tie at Parkhead.

St Joseph's reached the Europa League qualifier against Steven Gerrard's side with a 3-1 aggregate win over Kosovan outfit Prishtina.

The date of the first game against the Ibrox side is yet to be finalised, but it will also take place on the artificial surface of the Victoria Stadium, the only arena in Gibraltar fit to host European ties.

And Casciaro would like nothing more than to make it an Old Firm double against the blue side of Glasgow, before the return game is played at Ibrox on June 18.

"Can it happen again? Of course it can," said Casciaro. "It's 90 minutes and anything can happen.

"It is going to be difficult. We have to stick to our game plan and we have to be lucky as well. Everything has to be on our side.

"They changed the surface two or three weeks ago but it is still artificial.

"Anything that slows the game down works to our advantage, especially playing against a top side.

"When you are the underdog what you want is a slow surface, so it will work in our favour. It is different for us when we play on grass.

"We can't hide the fact that it is practically nearly an impossible job but football is football. Anything can happen."

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