Celtic 3-1 Rennes: Ryan Christie shines as Hoops seal top spot
Celtic vs Rennes
Europa League Group E
8:00pm Thursday November
Already-qualified Celtic top spot in Europa League Group E as Ligue 1 side Rennes were beaten 3-1 in Glasgow.
Lewis Morgan fulfilled James Forrest’s cut-back to provide Neil Lennon’s side the guide (21), and Ryan Christie doubled Celtic’s advantage on the stroke of half-time by beating Edouard Mendy in his near post (45+1).
Substitute Mikey Johnston lashed in a third from Olivier Ntcham’s pass (74), and while substitute Adrien Hunou’s late header denied Celtic a blank sheet, so it did little to take the shine off a fourth straight Europa League win to the Scottish champions.
Celtic had reserved their place with two games a month and for the draw, they’ll be seeded also Lazio beating Cluj in Rome.
The visitors had the first sight of target since Romain Del Castillo chopped onto his left foot to check Fraser Forster in distance, however, the Celtic stopper was alert to the danger to keep out his well-struck drive.
Morgan was set up in an unnatural place in Odsonne Edouard’s absence, but he produced a striker’s finish. Greg Taylor, one of four changes to the side that beat Livingston 4-0 last weekend, combined well with Forrest down the left, and Morgan read the latter’s cut-back to nip facing Joris Gnagnon to internet at the near post with a coming finish.
The hosts may have doubled their lead moments later as Lazio took the lead to Rome against Cluj thanks to Joaquin Correa’s 44, while there was additional good news when Ntcham compelled Mendy to a smart save low down to the right.
By nowthere was a carnival atmosphere inside Celtic Park as the two sets of fans joined in doing’The Poznan’ – nevertheless it had been Lennon’s side that had been celebrating a moment on the stroke of half-time. Scott Brown discovered the Christie on the right, and the winger cut inside to embarrass Mendy having an early finish that was low to his left.
Brown had been walking a tightrope after continuing fouling, and together with the Celtic captain that a booking away from a one-match ban, he escaped a caution following treading on Del Castillo.
Next 34, the Norwegian match Espen Eskas missed the episode but would moments book for barging to James Lea Siliki significance he misses the game Romania from Cluj.
Forster had been a virtual spectator to the best part of an hourbut he produced two fantastic saves to deny Rennes a foothold as he maintained out Flavien Tait’s close-range effort from Sacha Boey’s cross reacting quickest to tip the rebound from Jordan Siebatcheu onto the article with his thighs.
Head coach Julien Stephan chosen to field a very young Rennes side using the typical age of his own defence only 21, but they had been schooled from the hosts that were dominant as replacement Johnston added a sublime third with 16 minutes remaining, running onto a one-two with Ntcham before finding the bottom corner via this article.
Rennes, that were already eliminated from the contest, have now lost four successive Europa League matches in their worst these series in all European competitions since December 2005 – however they did score a late consolation as Hunou met Faitout Maouassa’s cross at the near post to deny Celtic a clean sheet.
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