WHEN Wednesday 20th July 2016
WHERE Celtic Park, Glasgow
WATCH IT LIVE The Ivy – Ocean Village, Gibraltar
Over the past week a lot of us have thought about nothing but this upcoming match tonight, where the world expects Celtic to rectify a ‘freak’ result and correct a humiliating 1 – 0 deficit. But if you were thinking that the Lincoln lads were feeling unnerved, you’d be dead wrong.
In an interview with BBC Scotland, Lincoln Captain Roy Chipolina explained that there’s even less pressure now than there was for the first leg:
“We’re living the dream,” the defender told BBC Scotland. “There was no pressure on us before the first leg, so there is probably even less pressure this time.”
Imps Assistant Manager Mick McElwee told BBC Scotland that the lads fully appreciate the enormity of the seemingly impossible task at hand.
“We’re expecting a real battle and nobody’s under any illusions about how tough the match is going to be and how much better we’re going to have to be if we’re to stay in the tie and give ourselves a chance of qualification,” he said.
There’s a lot to be taken from this prestigious competition of the European footballing elite. The experience of playing against top professional clubs, the travel (and reputation of Gibraltar football that goes with it), prize money of €400,000 for the first round, €350,000 for the second and the international media exposure this has given Gibraltar.
Everyone loves the story of an underdog and stories were ran by Sky Sports, BBC, Fox News amongst others! Spanish media, Scottish media, Australian media all covered the story of victory over 90 minutes against overwhelming odds. And of course, social media went completely ape shit with #LincolnRedImps trending in over 20,000 tweets.
— GBC News (@GBCNewsroom) July 12, 2016
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 12, 2016
— Kieron Ferrary (@contacttower08) July 12, 2016
Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko will be available for the game after uncertainty over a head clash sustained during their friendly 2 – 1 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday. Rodgers could look at other options in defence playing Swedish Mikael Lustig in right back this week instead of Janko and O’Donnell in place of Ambrose who had a poor game last week in Gibraltar.
Lincoln are likely to be employing the same tactics of getting the team behind the ball, slowing the game down and frustrating their opponent to then look for a long ball that could see Lee Casciaro away and through on goal, but we can expect the pace of the game to be much faster on the grass pitch, with Celtic confident after their friendly win over Wolfsburg and the loud Celtics fans making the atmosphere one to remember!
GBC are yet to confirm coverage of the game but Premier Sports will have live coverage. Alternatively, head down to the Ivy in Ocean Village and get behind the lads their with a pint, depending on how tonight goes we could need it!
There’s almost a sense of quite anxiety and fear about hope and belief for us going into the game, like we’re scared to realise that this could actually happen and it’s remotely possible that Lincoln could go through and make history once again. The likelyhood is that the dream could be over for all of us tonight, so we’ll leave it at that somber note and hope for the best.
Vamos Lincoln, impossible is nothing!