Flora captain Gert Kams admits Estonians are a step closer to setting up dream Celtic tie



Flora captain Gert Kams insists the Estonian champions have Celtic in their sights after beating Lincoln Red Imps 2-1 in Tuesday’s Champions League first qualifying round first leg.

The Tallinn club are in the driving season to set up a clash with Brendan Rodger’s Hoops after Rauno Alliku and Rauno Sappinen scored for the home side.

Gibraltan outfit Lincoln, however, will still fancy their chances of progressing after Joseph Chipolina notched what could prove to be a crucial away goal in the second half.

Gert Kams

The teams meet in the return leg next Wednesday at Victoria stadium in the British Overseas Territory but winger Kams, a 41-times-capped Estonia international, admits the tie is Flora’s to throw away.

The 31-year-old said: “The good thing is that next week it’s all in our own hands, we’re taking a lead there.

“We now need to work for a week, analyse where we made mistakes and I think next week we will be 110 per cent ready to go and get a positive result.

“Yes, we scored two goals but we also conceded one.

“In games, you must be alert the 90-plus minutes. If you relax for a moment, then you can get punished very quickly.

“Lincoln have a team full of players that play for the Gibraltar national team and they’ve played in a lot of international games.

“You could see that they have that experience. They know when to take the pace out of the game, it’s quite a good team.”