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Is this the most embarrassing European defeat ever?

We'd only just got over the shock of competitive football starting again just one day after the Euros had finished when Celtic managed to make our collective jaws drop once again.

After years of laughing at their bitter rivals Rangers during their financial problems and subsequent three-division relegation, the tables were firmly turned as Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge saw a humiliating defeat to Gibraltar part-timers Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second qualifying round first leg.

Lee Casciaro - a police officer - scored the game's only goal and he clearly enjoys playing against Scottish teams - he scored Gibraltar's first-ever international goal against Scotland at Hampden Park last year.

After the game, Rodgers insisted that "there's no embarrassment", but the information about their opponents makes grim reading: they feature a fireman, a customs officer and a taxi driver in their ranks (literally, in the case of the cabbie), while the entire population of Gibraltar is 30,000 - Celtic Park holds over double that number. The club have only played in European competition for three seasons, losing in the second qualifying round to Danish side FC Midtjylland last year.

Of course, Celtic can go through by winning the second leg next Wednesday, but the defeat joins a host of other debut disasters for The Bhoys: Gordon Strachan began his reign with a 5-0 defeat to Slovakian team Artmedia Bratislava, while Henrik Larsson scored an own goal on his European debut for the club.

The Sun produced another belter to go up on the wall alongside their Super Cally Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious magnificence:

Sun Celtic

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