All you need to know about Flora Tallinn and Lincoln Red Imps

Lincoln Red Imps play their matches at Victoria Stadium in Gibralta. Picture: AFP/Getty
Lincoln Red Imps play their matches at Victoria Stadium in Gibralta. Picture: AFP/Getty
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Celtic will play either Estonian side Flora Tallinn or Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the Champions League qualifying second round.

Here’s everything Celtic fans need to know about each of the possible opponents.

Lincoln Red Imps

Based at the 5000-capacity Victoria Stadium along with the rest of Gibraltar’s football teams, Lincoln Red Imps (or Lincoln, for short) have won 22 Gibraltar Premier League titles - including 14 consecutive wins - and currently have nine players in the Gibraltar national side.

The first team from Gibraltar to compete in the Champions League in 2014, they lost out to Faroese side Tórshavn.

The following year, they defeated Andorran side Santa Coloma 2-1 on aggregate, but lost to Danish side Midtjylland.

Founded in 1976 by Charles Head and Charles Polson initially as a youth team, Lincoln entered the Gibraltar fourth division, before working their way up to the top.

They played their first season in the top flight in 1984-85, and finished joint winners with Glacis United.

In addition to 22 league titles, Lincoln have recorded 18 Gibraltar League Senior Cup wins and 17 Rock Cup wins.

Lincoln are managed by Julio Cesar Ribas, a former player who had a nomadic career mostly in South America, and the club currently has nine players in the Gibraltar national side, including most-capped player Joseph Chipolina.

Flora Tallinn

ONE of four Tallinn clubs in the Estonian top flight, Flora were one of the founding members of the Meistriliiga and are one of just two teams never to have been relegated from the division.

Formed in 1990, Flora play their home matches at the Lilleküla Stadium, which has a capacity of 9,692 extendable to 10,300, and serves as the Estonian national stadium.

Managed by Norbert Hurt, Flora have made seven appearances in the Champions League and 14 in the Europa League, and are viewed as one of the country’s leading sides - although their performances in Europe have been largely forgettable.

In their 26-year history Flora have won ten league titles, seven Estonian Cups and nine Estonian Supercups.

Notable former players include Henri Anier (whose younger brother still plays for Flora); former Estonian national goalkeeper Mart Poom; ex-Motherwell forward Henrik Ojamaa, ex-hibs and Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson and long-serving national trio Andrei Stepanov, Indrek Zelinski, Marko Kristal and Urmas Rooba.

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