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Celtic 3-1 Rennes

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Celtic came from behind to beat Rennes in the Europa League tonight with two goals from Anthony Stokes and a late finish from Gary Hooper.  Rennes took the lead after 85 seconds when Kader Mangane converted a corner with a fine header.

Rennes pushed forward from kick-off and Julien Feret’s bullet corner kick evaded Victor Wanyama.  This in turn deceived Daniel Majstorovic allowing Mangane to meet the ball and redirect it into the top corner of the goal.

Losing the early goal direct from a corner, for the second time in four Europa League games, seemed to sap Celtic’s confidence as Rennes pushed forward with confidence in the opening 30 minutes.  During this period Rennes goalkeeper, Benoit Costil, touched the ball only once, to cut out a cross from James Forrest.  Celtic were disjointed and no one seemed keen to receive or hold the ball.

Celtic needed a break and it came from James Forrest, not for the first time this season.  The Celtic midfielder evaded two challenges and created space for a shot 25 yards out on the corner of the box.  Costil, who had perhaps lost concentration during his long period as a spectator, stopped the shot but allowed it to rebound back into play, instead of turning it around the post.  Anthony Stokes was on hand to pounce and turn the ball into the empty net.

Two minutes from half time Celtic took the lead when Georgios Samaras flicked on a Fraser Forster clearance which was missed by Mangane.  Stokes collected outside the box and finished confidently with his left foot into the corner of the net.

Having dominated most of the first half Rennes would have wondered how they were behind at half time but the second half was a different game.  Celtic came out with more fight than finesse but as the half progressed they played some of their best football of the season.

Neil Lennon’s injury problems were compounded when Glenn Loovens failed to return for the second half but the manager will be delighted by the debut of 17-year-old central defender Marcus Fraser, who threw himself into the game like an experienced professional.

Adam Matthews, Celtic’s other teenage defender, typified the home teams’ resurgence.  He managed to maintain his cool under pressure with 28,000 fans nervously looking on.

Gary Hooper replaced the tiring James Forrest and wrapped things up for Celtic on 82 minutes.  The striker collected a clearance under pressure in the centre circle and found Samaras in space on the left wing.  Memories fleetingly flashed to mind of a similar break against Udinese when Samaras passed up a chance to make a decisive break but today the Greek was not to be denied.  He played an inch-perfect pass into the path of the onrushing Hooper who met it 13 yards from goal, controlled and knocked it past Costil.

On 66 minutes Kris Commons replaced Paddy McCourt, who struggled to get into the game.  Yann M’Vila, distributed the ball with great effect for Rennes and mopped up lots in central midfield but he failed to take account for ‘Tenacious C’, Commons, and collected his second yellow in the final minutes as the Celtic midfielder nipped the ball away from him.

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  1. Kev,

     

     

    I hereby post that you need no permission to repost my posts.

     

     

    But i do feel a debate coming on… What was Gerry’s opinion on Fergus?

     

     

    Did i tell you about the time i saw Gerry, Jim Shyte and Delahun in Molly Malones one Saturday evening 10 years ago?

     

     

    The turmoil between the three of them when the Fields came on was…priceless.

  2. Big Packie's Accent on

    Kevin – Put the Green Brigade into a new Jungle says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 01:56

     

     

    Kevin – ‘fellow Tim like Gerry McNee’

     

     

    – – – – – – — –

     

    Quality stuff man, quality stuff.

     

     

    I have to back that ‘radio rental’ assertion bud.

     

     

     

    God Bless

  3. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:

     

     

    I apologise for the delay Amigo!

     

     

    Thanks for the tunes.

     

     

    I’m not trying to brass my case but…

     

     

    Have you ever heard, ST.Patrick’s Day by the Wolfetones ?

     

     

    It’s a nice wee cheery tune that reminds me of when, my mates and I would travel to all the away games and, take turns at driving our own cars and, the tunes were a source of inspiration and, also of comfort on defeat.

     

     

    Ah, the memorie’s….

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  4. I hereby post that you need no permission to repost my posts.

     

     

    But i do feel a debate coming on… What was Gerry’s opinion on Fergus?

     

     

    Did i tell you about the time i saw Gerry, Jim Shyte and Delahun in Molly Malones one Saturday evening 10 years ago?

     

     

    The turmoil between the three of them when the Fields came on was…priceless.

     

    ………………….,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,……………..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,……………………..

     

    Muchas Gracias Amigo!

     

     

    You’ve given me a few clouts around the ear but, you know what….on reflection I deserved them!

     

     

    It’s all part of the great learning curve that can be found on here!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  5. singapore celt says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:23

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>

     

    Yes normally up at 5:30 for work or a run pre work….. off sick this week back pain that you’d not believe, off the pain killers today but im used to not sleeping this week……

     

     

    V

     

    HH

  6. Fortunes Favour Mibbes/Vham

     

     

    I feel as though I have gone to the bar and, discovered i’ve forgotten my wallet because….I don’t know how to post tunes!

     

     

    If you two fine fellow Celt’s don’t mind….I’ll take a rain-cheque and listen to your great tunes but, the next time I come on at night i’ll make sure i bring my wallet with me!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    “Old-Fogeys” CSC.

  7. This is for my Aussie tim amigos and sons……

     

     

    But before I post the song, I’d like to mention that I know and love it because of an old friend from Blackpool (originally Larkhall) , sadly he died on the 1st of this year with his family around him, he was a great friend and a great chanter… I loved him.

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbXGD2Iq8aw&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLE0275C6F2E9E792D

     

     

    Vinny

     

    HH George

  8. Neil’s Taxi’s Here ! says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 00:56

     

    The meter’s been switched off …………well, for the next 72 hours at least.

     

     

    Still on stand-by.

     

     

    share

     

     

     

    Why oh why do I rise to this pish?

     

     

    Yer a right One!

     

     

    Giruy

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    DavieL

  9. BelfastCityCelt on

    No ice in the “ghetto”.

     

     

    “Got the Magners,did yiz get the ice?”

     

     

    “Nah macara,no ice.”

     

     

    “Wtf dya mean there’s no ice?”

     

     

    “Shop didn’t have any ice,that’s why!”

     

     

    “Yer baleekz,the shop always has ice! Yiz didn’t even go to the shop,yiz didn’t even try for ice,did yiz? How come they didn’t have no ice left,fs?”

     

     

    “Well chief,it’s Thursday night,Celtic are playing on the TV,and every cant is on the Magners,that’s probably why there’s no ice left.”

     

     

    “Oh right,that’s alright then,ni hurry up and grab the Magners and fire them in the freezer before the Celtic match starts yiz buck eejits yiz…!”

     

     

    Brilliant Celtic,such a club,such a stadium,such Lenny,and such magnificent supporters!!

     

     

    Delighted Bhoys & Ghirls,just delighted!!

     

     

    Thank you very much Celtic. :)

  10. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again

     

     

    Collum the MIB gets it wrong once again

     

     

    http://videocelts.com/2011/11/blogs/aberdeen-win-appeal-over-collum-red-card

     

     

    ABERDEEN WIN APPEAL OVER COLLUM RED CARD

     

     

    Posted on Thursday, 3rd November 2011 by Joe McHugh

     

     

    The SFA’s Fast Track Disciplinary system has downgraded Rory Fallon’s red card from Willie Collum in the game against Rangers to a yellow.

     

     

    Fallon was given a straight red by the eagle-eyed whistler following a collision with Rangers defender Dorin Goian with the game poised at 2-1 to Rangers.

     

     

    A yellow card would still have resulted in the dismissal of Fallon but such was his enthusiasm to send the player off Collum issued a red card.

     

     

    Commenting on the appeal from Aberdeen against violent conduct the SFA stated: “The Disciplinary Tribunal rescinded the sending-off and substituted a caution.”

     

     

    Fallon will still be suspended for Aberdeen’s match on Monday at St Johnstone but will have less points added to his disciplinary record.

     

     

    No further retrospective action will be taken in relation to other incidents in the match.

  11. P67,

     

     

    Apologies.

     

     

    Team were better the night, Sammi outstanding.

     

     

    Kayal found his mojo.

     

     

    And, big Dan might be a player – as long as young Marcus is alongside him,

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    DavieL

  12. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:41

     

    ……………..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………………,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

     

    Thats comforting!

     

     

    The Green Brigade are the, ‘off the wall’ type of characters that will drive the government loopy with all their new laws that don’t stick!

     

     

    Still got to keep their guards-up though.

  13. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    2010 Never Again

     

     

    The futures bright……..It’s Green and White

     

     

    http://videocelts.com/2011/11/blogs/younghoops/team-mates-and-twitter-fans-rush-to-praise-marcus-fraser

     

     

    TEAM MATES AND TWITTER FANS RUSH TO PRAISE MARCUS FRASER

     

     

    Posted on Friday, 4th November 2011 by Joe McHugh

     

     

    Marcus Fraser’s u-19 team-mates were the first to praise his Celtic debut.

     

     

    A first half injury to Glenn Loovens saw the teenager thrown in for his first team debut alongside Daniel Majstorovic as Celtic’s under strength side completed a great comeback to win 3-1 against Rennes.

     

     

    Callum McGregor was on the bench and was thrilled to see his team-mate get a chance on the big stage tweeting: “Delighted for@marcusfraser75 great performance tonight when called upon. #manymoretocome.”

     

     

    Striker Tony Watt, who attends college with Fraser and others in the u-19 squad added: “Delighted for @marcusfraser75 great guy deserved to get on.”

     

    On loan striker Greig Spence tweeted: “Buzzing for @marcusfraser75. Making his debut for celtic tonight and played class!”

     

     

     

    The player himself tweeted: “Great night, never thought it would come this quick #lovedit.”

     

    Fraser’s debut had natashameikle suddenly feeling her age when she tweeted: “Half our back 4 were younger than me. Marcus Fraser is only 17. Massively impressed by him!

     

     

    Also feeling his age was veteran supporter frankie_67 who realised: “how to feel your age -Marcus Fraser came on as a half-time sub for Celtic tonight. He was BORN in 1994! Good feckin god.”

     

     

    Bedrockbhoy tweeted: “Amazing what happens when we introduce a bit of class and composure to the team. Well done Marcus Fraser.”

     

     

    Former class-mate flannybaws added: “Excellent performance tonight. Marcus Fraser getting a game was great. The boy used to be in my class before he left.#claimtofame.”

     

     

    Fraser will miss tomorrow’s u-19 match against Aberdeen, kick-off 1.30pm at Barrowfield, but hopes to drop in on the match after training with the first team at Lennoxtown.

     

     

    On Monday night Celtic’s u-19 side face Manchester City in the Next Gen Series at Celtic Park, tonight City lost 4-1 away to Barcelona and lost 4-2 at home to Celtic last month.

  14. Big Packie's Accent on

    Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:44

     

     

    McLeish report – Openness, transparency and ACCOUNTABILITY.

     

     

    When will the MIB’s be included in the overhaul ?

  15. DavieL says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:48

     

     

    Kayal found his mojo.

     

     

    And, big Dan might be a player – as long as young Marcus is alongside him

     

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

     

    Ghood Stuff M8!

     

     

    If you don’t mind I’d like to add that, I think Rogne makes big Dan play better!

  16. BelfastCityCelt on

    Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:

     

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:44

     

     

    The wee cat is in bed,happy that i am happy – and why i am so happy? – because the CFC,against all odds,did the damage once again!!

     

     

    That wee convo took place in my mate’s gaff,when the rest of us arrived up to watch the famous Celtic,with the cider,only to find that we were without ice!

     

     

    The depression is no longer…

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbYrTOIu9F8

     

     

    :)

  17. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    Fortunes Favour Mibbes says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:49

     

    Imatim

     

     

    Uughhh. Aye, justice seen to be done, while “Naisys” true to form horrible leg-breaking challenge is airburshed, like the rest, out of football history. Lovely wee country.

     

     

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

     

     

    2010 Never Again

     

     

    What’s interesting is the card was downgraded to a yellow. This means the review panel says Collum got it wrong.

     

     

    We need to go after this MIB highlighting his many decisions which strangely always favour Rangers.

     

     

    He is a disciple of Dallas and he needs to go.

  18. I’m a tim,

     

    Ive posted every morning this week for Celtic to play 1 or 2 of the young team, theyre all as good as Marcus, so I’d be introducing them all sooner rather than later, seen them ripping a Man city apart 4-2 away from home…. awesome….. 10 times the commitment of our expensive 1st team, if Celtic announced they were playing theyre under 19’s tonight I would have travelled up for the game…… thats the strength of my feelings.

     

     

    V

     

    HH

  19. BelfastCityCelt says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:54

     

    *********************

     

    Mo chara, I here that Joe O’Neil had an amazing send off, my friends in Doire and the Port mentioned that he was spoken of highly throughout the republican community, we all lost a great man there. Wee Derryghirl and I will go over to visit the grave when she’s well enough to travel.

     

     

    HH to ye amigo!

  20. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:58

     

    ………………………………………,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,//////////////////////////////////////

     

    With the greatest respect, I think you may have stumbled across a new trail for us to blaze in the shape of, the young team ?

     

     

    I have to say that I bow to your superior knowledge of these young-guns and, if tonight’s example, young Marcus Fraser is anything to go by then, the future is looking Green & white!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  21. Imatim @ 02:58

     

     

    Agree totally, but there’ll be no further action from CP against the MIBs this season.

     

     

    It’s back to the normal MIBery i’m afraid :(

     

     

     

    KevJ,

     

     

    Rogne had a great game at the weekend…so we still have issues in defence. Rogne has earned his place when we’re back in the SPL. Lenny has had a nightmare to deal with in injuries.

     

     

    Some fholk have been making this crucial point. There’s a reason why we are heavily afflicted by injuries which dwarf the comparable stats at other SPL clubs.

     

     

    When you look at in detail, it’s disgusting.

     

     

     

    But as you know, it was ever thus.

  22. BelfastCityCelt on

    Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:

     

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:58

     

     

    Gollum is a degenerate cheat,no doubt about it.

     

     

    Let us not,however,concentrate on the cowardly sycophants – let us celebrate the immortal Celtic of Glasgow…lets us forgive those,our very own “supporters”,those of little faith.

     

     

    For now we must celebrate,the mighty Celtic,the great club that they tried there damndest to destroy – that very same club that now stands above them,looking down on their own,self inflicted sorry state.

     

     

    The club of the great John Stein & Charles Patrick Tully from Belfast City…EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 1967.

     

     

    GIRFUY HUNS!

     

     

    :)

  23. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:58

     

    **********************

     

    youre correct this odious little runt with a whistle is consistently anti Celtic and pre rangers, its time to highlight his work in panels outside of the UK, the inability of the referees association to stop the inherrent bigotry, well the same it needs to be taken outside Scotland…… We need to show a no confidence vote and cite the years of sectarian abuse by the so called SFA.

     

     

    Close down theyre lodge and associations, its the only way……. attack!

     

     

    V

     

    HH

  24. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    Big Packie’s Accent says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:53

     

    Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:

     

    4 November, 2011 at 02:44

     

     

    McLeish report – Openness, transparency and ACCOUNTABILITY.

     

     

    When will the MIB’s be included in the overhaul ?

     

     

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

     

     

    2010 Never Again

     

     

    You’re right.

     

     

    They are still “at it” albeit ever so subtle at times. The difference in the way referees officiate against Celtic as opposed to Rangers is night and day.

     

     

    We need to continually highlight their inconsistencies (cheating) and go after them at every opportunity.

     

     

    I agree with Auldheid…….we need to completely restructure things and bring in referees from other places and make them more accountable.

     

     

    We will never get a level playing field with the cheating we are continually exposed to by the MIB. It has to change.