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Semi-pro Lincoln gets new foe if it tops Celtic: Lack of vacation time

Gibraltar v Scotland - UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier

FARO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 11: Roy Chipolina 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)

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Gibraltar semi-pro side Lincoln Red Imps are 90 minutes away from a shocking upset of Celtic, and a trip to either Kazakhstan or Lithuania.

The Red Imps aren’t looking too much further ahead, but a win there would get them into the group stages of UEFA Champions League.

Why would that be a problem?

Well, all but five of these guys have day jobs, like team captain and customs officer Roy Chipolina.

From the BBC:

“If we do go through, we might struggle,” added Chipolina, who works as a customs officer.

“I’ve used up all my special leave and now I’m into my annual leave.”

We’re pretty sure being the top story in national history will get some extra vacation time for the players, but it’s a stark reminder of the differences between Lincoln and Celtic.

Then again, new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said the loss was “no embarrassment” after previously saying they’d treat Lincoln “like Barcelona” in the first leg.

Maybe just treat them like Lincoln, Brendan.

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