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

By Robert Jones

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.

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