Brendan Rodgers claims last week’s Champions League defeat to Lincoln Red Imps was “not a disaster” and rather described Celtic’s first-leg loss as “a bolt of lightning”.
The new Celtic gaffer tasted defeat in his first competitive game as the Gibraltar part-timers won 1-0 in the Champions League second qualifying round, first leg, but Rodgers has put some more positive spin on the embarrassing defeat and claimed he has been happy with his Celtic players in every match so far.
“It was a bolt of lightning rather than a massive shock to the world,” Rodgers said ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at Celtic Park.
“I’ve been happy with the players in every game.”
The former Liverpool boss is confident the Scottish champions will overturn the 1-0 deficit on home soil and all the negative headlines from the first leg will be forgotten, not that he felt the defeat was embarrassing.
“I don’t take much notice,” he said. My only focus is the players. It’s not a disaster – for me, the most important thing is to get through.
“We’re obviously disappointed, but the general moments in game I was pleased with.
“Our job is to go through. That’s what we expect and want. It’s about perspective and assessing over two games.
“It will be 11 players behind the hall, playing on the counter attack, but it will be a totally different game.
“The message for our players is similar to our supporters: after the first 20 minutes, if we don’t score, we have to be patient.”
Celtic will play the winners of the tie between Zalgiris Vilnius and Astana if they see off the Red Imps.