After an odds-against winner in Argentina, Kev's treating us to some Champions League glamour. Well, sort of.
"Celtic have won their last three Champions League qualifiers at Celtic Park, and they should dismantle a side shorn of their artificial pitch."
Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps
Wednesday July 20, 19:45
Live on Premier Sports
Our Copa Argentina runneth over. Godoy Cruz won 2-0 against Estudiantes De Caseros last night, and we're back in the black for this week.
We're off to Scotland now, and we'll see if red-faced Celtic can recover from the embarrassment of losing 1-0 to Gibraltar-based Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.
New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had the air of a supermarket area manager defending poor sales, as he tried to put the defeat down as just one of those things. The kind of accident that just happens in football. No-one wants to take anything away from Lincoln Red Imps, but you can't lose to the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker without some degree of shame, some effort to apologise to Bhoys' fans. Rodgers has made a poor start to his tenure at Celtic, both in the dugout and in the press room.
That said, there is a chance for redemption at Parkhead, and as impressive as the part-timers were in the first leg, they should surely be dismantled here. Celtic made chances in the first leg last week, and they have since beaten Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in a friendly. Their European record at Parkhead is impressive, and they have won their last three Champions League qualifiers there.
In terms of team news, midfielders Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton are struggling, but Eric Sviatchenko has recovered from a knock.
Rodgers is pleading patience, suggesting it will take a while to break the visitors down, but I don't share his pessimism. Celtic have won ten of their last 12 home games, and without the advantage of their artificial pitch, I think Lincoln Red Imps will struggle to impose themselves. I think if Celtic make early breakthroughs, they'll stroll to victory, and Rodgers seriously needs a convincing display to repair the early damage done to his reign.
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