Celtic 3-1 Rennes: Neil Lennon’s side top group with victory
Celtic confirmed place to spare after a comfortable win over Rennes.
The victory, combined with Lazio success over CFR Cluj, means Neil Lennon’s negative will prevent Champions League dropouts in February’s past 32.
A Ryan Christie campaign and lewis Morgan’s second Celtic goal had the hosts in control, and Mikey Johnston added to the tally with a great one-two finish.
The glancing header of adrien Hunou supplied a late consolation to the French side.
Celtic will conclude their campaign in two weeks at a game that is now a dead rubber in Romania against Cluj.
Celtic could afford to rest Odsonne Edouard and still have this Europa League tie in the bag. These are heady days for Lennon’s negative, a group that has transformed itself because elimination. That failure seems to be an eternity ago.
This is a group on the up and up up and yet another night time for Celtic at Europe. Rennes might have had no possibility of progressing from this team and they may be about a run of just two wins in 11 games, but they’re a good outfit which were made to look ordinary for the most part.
Scott Brown along with olivier Ntcham were influential in the middle of the playground, Christie had been his normal buzz-bomb in attack and Morgan – enjoying in alien territory as Edouard’s substitute – was excellent. Johnston went on when James Forrest came off and his goal was the pick of this bunch. All 3 goalscorers were not one of them, Scottish players a day over 24.
Fraser Forster had his rents to create – a early on from a cube on along with Romain Del Castillo – but Celtic were significance for their victory and thoroughly deserving of winning the team. As a team triumph comes a location in the previous 32’s prize with that.
There’s still a game and Brown will overlook it through suspension. He will not care a jot. The job has been done. The batteries can be recharged by the captain in the home.
Celtic went forward when Forrest arrived from the left and played it precision and right into Morgan, whose time was excellent. He swept it home with aplomb. When Brown revealed his determination that was standard to acquire a header which saw its way to 23, the next came just before the break.
The midfielder, knocking on this season, took a look upward and thumped one the ball, on target. The strike of Christie was pure exactly the exact same, although the error lay with the goalkeeper. What an crucial portion of this Celtic machine he has become.
The visitors threatened early in the half despite having 2 stabs at it in point-blank 26, but they couldn’t get the very best of Forster. The person from Diafra Sakho bounced straight back to the colossus, the next person, from Theoson Siebatcheu was touched to the post. The Rennes players can believe it.
Morgan had it was a beauty and a strong penalty claim waved away when Mendy appeared to have brought him down, but with 15 minutes left their third was additional by Celtic.
Johnston had come since the very first day of September on the area for his first appearance, but if he played it and then took it off him in the box, were all done-in. As was the finish put away to Mendy’s right the speed of thought and speed of movement was a lot of. Wonderful.
Lennon caused Leigh Griffiths towards the striker and the ending made it because of his effort. The location could have erupted had scored.
It did not even put the slightest dent on the night of Celtic, although rennes got a consolation from Hunou through a header time. Another step ahead in an intriguing and European narrative.
For filling in for Edouard, Morgan is still a worthy competitor, however, Ntcham was terrific out there. Clever, impactful, defensively strong and offensively creative, the Frenchman had a big say in this victory.