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Monday 27 March 2017

'The greatest moment of my life' - Celtic humbled by team of police officers and labourers

Lee Casciaro of Gibraltar listens to his National anthem prior to start the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying round Group G match between Gibraltar and Scotland at Estadio Algarve on October 11, 2015 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Lee Casciaro of Gibraltar listens to his National anthem prior to start the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying round Group G match between Gibraltar and Scotland at Estadio Algarve on October 11, 2015 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gibraltar Red Imps hero Lee Casciaro has revealed he will be back at work as a police officer this weekend, after his famous strike handed his team of underdogs a famous victory against Celtic in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive game as Celtic boss ended in disaster, as Casciaro produced a fine finish to hand his side a 1-0 victory in the first leg tie.

While Celtic left Gibraltar humiliated by their defeat against their part-time rivals, Casciaro toasted his strike as the best moment of a career that has rarely had such high profile high points.

“I have been playing football since the age of six or seven and I am 35 in September, but this is the greatest moment of my life,” Casciaro told talkSPORT. “It has all come late for me, but for a small club like Lincoln this is surreal. It will take a long time to sink in.

“It was an historic night for us. We are part time amateurs and now we beat the mighty Celtic. This is something we will cherish for most of our lives.”

Casciaro went on to reveal the make up of the Red Imps squad, with the scale of Celtic’s embarrassment highlighted by these comments.

“Five or six of us are professionals, but the rest are semi-professionals,” he stated. “Most of us work. I work for the Ministry of Defence police in Gibraltar with my brother. We have a customs officer, a laborer….we have a bit of everything.

“This is why we are all so amazed by this result. Now we have to try and think about the second leg at Celtic.”

If the Red Imps were to knock Celtic out of the Champions League, it may well go down in history as the biggest upset the game has seen and Casciaro is talking up his side’s hopes ahead of the game at Parkhead next Wednesday.

“If we get an away goal at Celtic, it will complicate them, so we will fly to Scotland see what we can do,” he added.

“Realistically, we knew they were not 100 per-cent prepared for this. We knew they would suffer with the temperatures as it is 30 degrees out here and the pitch suits us because it is an artificial pitch and it suits us.

“Nothing has been done. This is just half-time at the moment. Let’s see how we do in the second leg.”

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