Celtic 3-1 Rennes


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. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:14


    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!











    2010 Never Again






    The MIB are our biggest obstacle and highlight everything that is wrong and corrupt re Scottish Football.



    It’s time to go after them starting with Collum. The evidence is there to sink him.

  2. .



    G’Day Fae a Absoluter El Scorchio Down Under..



    VHman whit Ye Doin Still Up..?



    You (And Me) were Right Play a Couple of the Youngsters and SAMMI (I Added that Bit) for the EL..



    And they Laughed..The Sammi Haters Laughed..Who is Laughing Now..Lenny Hopefully..



    Summa ft SammiTheFrenchSlayerCSC

  3. Tom McLaughlin on

    Tried to go back and review the comments during the second-half, but several pages were blocked by my work’s online security.



    If some posters are so lacking in a vocabulary that they must resort to profanities in order to get their message across, then I suggest they’re best not to bother trying.



    Now, what a great result and a true fighting performance from the Bhoys last night. It’s a while since I went to work with a spring in my step and a smile on my face after an uplifting result.



    Well done one and all.



    Tremendous stuff.

  4. BelfastCityCelt on

    Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:03



    That was a bad lose for the community over here mate,i know that gentleman was originally from Glasgow,but he was one of West Belfast’s finest – popular is an understatement.



    He was a legend mate,it is said that he was the best barman this town has even seen,and that is saying something.



    Just one of those stupid,terrible things.




  5. Fortunes Favour Mibbes says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:08




    We’re being kicked up and down the shop but, it has ever been thus!



    I think that the players we are bringing in are not being, properly inducted into the club.



    I mean, someone from the coaching-team should be instilling into any new players that, we as Celtic players have to play to a different set of rules! FACT!



    No one from the coaching side seems to be doing that!

  6. Imatim and so is Neil Lennon on

    BelfastCityCelt says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:12


    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.












    2010 Never Again



    Amen! to that my friend

  7. Big Packie's Accent on

    Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:15




    I agree wholeheartedly bud.



    In understanding our teams apparent malaise this season the explanation must go much deeper and wider than


    Neil and his coaching staff.



    As has been touched on, tonight gives a clear indication of the difference with a decent standard of MIB.



    As you say, they used to be shamelessly blatant, now allot more subtle.



    Gollum though is a mental case, just completely inept.



    It will only change if the heat is kept on as it appears the SFA are pulling a, its all been dealt with, move on routine.

  8. Kev,



    Disagree, it’s a pivotal part of the training.



    The evidence is there.



    Tonight, we frustrated a French team. When their challenges were malicious, it was dealt with as should be.



    The players deal with 100 x that in the SP hell, and manage to play despite the threat of career ending challenges.



    There’s no criticism of Celtic at all to be made there, only the SP Hell.



    And its beyond contempt. Disgusting isn’t strong enough a word.



    Many players in the SP Hell know this. The ones that carry out the hun agenda are the ones that disgust normal human beings. “Naisy” being top of their wee league of scum anti-professional behaviour.



    I loathe them. Destroyers of all that is good. Pure hunnery.

  9. BelfastCityCelt says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:25




    I’ll relate that to the missus, but be aware in case the Port yins come calling, he was from Port Glasgow not Glasgow …. ouch!



    Joe Would be very happy with the result tonight and I’d be surprised if theres not a brand new club after his name in the Falls, I’ll be be a member straight off.







  10. .



    Patience was a virtue on a night when even Punch-Bag Samaras came Good



    (The Scotsman)



    THE Celtic support travel in fear rather than expectation these days. But the 28,578 who turned up to their club’s citadel at least travelled unfalteringly with their team.



    That is an increasingly rare occurrence. Yet, the noisy and sustained backing they gave their brittle side must be factored in to the fact that they demonstrated real backbone and ultimately real character.



    When Gary Hooper netted Celtic’s clinching third goal with eight minutes remaining, the stadium came alive for a European night as it has not since the Champions League last-16 nights under Gordon Strachan what seems an age ago. One standard that was given laldy was the refrain about being Celtic supporters “faithful, through and through”. And, for those in attendance at least, that claim can be said to have genuine credence. The crowd were entitled to revel in a huge win because they played their part in it being delivered.



    At the weekend a fullish Celtic Park offered little encouragement to a team that so many of its followers have lost faith in. But those who bothered to take up their pre-bought Europa League tickets last night – and quite a few elected not to use them – were clearly the hardcore and not to be confused with the fairer-weather variety of Celtic’s followers who can often nullify the backing of those who want to hope for the best of their team.



    Most impressive of all was the reaction to the body blow of Rennes’ opening goal after 99 seconds. This wasn’t the cue for the sort of vituperations now dominant among the phone-in and cyberspace fans. As the Celtic team struggled comprehensively to regroup following Kader Mangane’s zonal-marking exposing header, those in the stands did just that.



    It was curious to be in Celtic Park on a night when even the punters’ emotional punch-bags, Georgios Samaras and Daniel Majstorovic, attracted more patience than barracking. And, even as Lennon’s side made no headway for 29 minutes the home crowd still did not turn on them. That was perhaps in recognition of the fact that, even if the player’s work was shaky and shoddy, the rate of it was admirable. Everything turned on a desperate mistake, and the Celtic faithful enjoyed full renewal because, for once, the fault lay with an opposition player – Anthony Stokes turning the ball in after goalkeeper Benoit Costil had parried a James Forrest shot in slap-dash fashion.



    Thereafter, the crowd were transformed from quietly supportive to full egg-on mode and the results of that might be considered startling. Because, in the remaining 15 minutes of the first half, it was Samaras who proved so telling a presence. Stokes provided a brilliant finish to make it 2-1 but the headed flick-on from the Greek was textbook.



    Soon afterwards, and as the interval loomed, Samaras hared up the other end to make a crucial sliding tackle to prevent a ball into the box and, from the resultant corner, was there at the back post, to block a shot and ensure Celtic did not immediately give up their unexpected advantage. And it was the same Samaras who made a 30-yard run and played the perfect ball in for Hooper to seal the victory. Supporters actually supporting their own players can prove worthwhile, wouldn’t you know.



    Summa of Sammi

  11. BelfastCityCelt on

    Imatim and so is Neil Lennon says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:27



    They can’t beat us.They have tried every trick in the book.



    I say this to the sons of the flamboyant King Billy – debt free,without debt,owe nobody,owe nothing – SKINTOS!! :)

  12. Big Packie's Accent on

    Kevin – would love to see it, what a moment that would be !



    BUT, i fear it would only backfire on Neil with the typical media tactics employed


    to shift the focus.







  13. BelfastCityCelt on

    Summa of Sammi…. says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:34



    As Lenin himself once said – “better fewer,but better.”



    I would close the top tiers of the ground,and fill the lower sections with the 30,000 or so hardcore supporters that our club has – the real supporters.



    “Aye we’re gonnae lose 10-15,000 if this pash keeps up,aye..”



    So what?



    We are far better off without them.



    If i remember correctly,this was done in a league cup game against ICT,the atmosphere was remarkable,it looked packed on tv,and we hammered them 6-nil?

  14. BelfastCityCelt on

    Summa of Sammi…. says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:34



    Fair play to the person whom wrote that piece.



    That was intelligent journalism,and it summed everything up…perfectly.




  15. Big Packie’s Accent says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:42




    I know, I know!



    You know what…I was at a game v’s huns at ipox in January 1978 when, Jock Steins Celtic team walked to the halfway line, motioning to the dug-out that they wanted to come off the pitch due to, incomprehensable Mibbery!



    All this to a back-drop of, crowd break-ins at the Celtic end where a young Kevin had to climb the perimiter wall and, onto the grass area behind the goal!



    Needless to say, Big Jock ushered the players back onto the pitch to continue the game. He then went round behind the goals at the Celtic end to usher the young fans back onto the terracing. I was one of the fans Big Jock put his hands on as I was one of the last back onto the terracing.



    One thing i wil lnever forget that, as Big Jock appeared behind the goals….it was almost as though some one flicked a switch to spark off one of the most emotional renditions of, YNWA that I have ever seen!



    There was a hold-up of about 10/20 mins as the Celtic fans were forced into a corner by the MIB, Mr JRP Gordon of Newport on Tay.



    That bassas name will haunt me to the grave.



    The thing that was swept under the carpet regarding this Mib…he was caught taking bribes at the WC in Argentina 6 months later ?



    Makes you think eh ?



    Hail! Hail!

  16. BelfastCityCelt says:


    4 November, 2011 at 03:44




    No No and thrice no my friend.



    The CFC board have stated that the strategy is to downsize since Seville, its why MON left , and Gordon Left a nd TM left or was punted, they all left because they were not allowed to bring in the players they wanted, its the very same with Lenny but for some reason he’s sticking with it, the other managers havent had anywhere near the sectarianism that NL has had, in fact no football manager in the world has had this. Scotland as a nation just moves on by, if you dont see it or hear it then it doesnt happen. Wake up Scotland the sectarian hatred is coming to you soon, it’ll be in the form of a police officer who is in a bad mood and thinks youre looking at him in a ….. I was going to say aggressive manner, but it doesnt matter its whatever yir man decides / makes up…. The mew law really tells us whats wrong about Nazism, we really should caw down and accept, or we should stand up for civil liberty’s, Me I’m a tory hurummpff! but I’m standing up for anything thats anti democratic,


    (thumbs up)





  17. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:


    4 November, 2011 at 04:10




    I don’t want to be insensitive in any way but, please try to realise where i’m coming from my friend.



    Celtic FC or, the fans of CFC are like the Jews of Nazi-Germany on a smaller scale in this country! IMO!

  18. Kevin I understand that ….. erm post!



    Can I say that I really dont care what my fellow Celts political leanings are as long as they remain law abiding much the same as my friends in the GREEN BRIGADE, they would never countenance e.g. singinging songs that would would be sectarian or racisct as compared to the rangers songs which are plain and simply racist and sectarian, this of course is known by any sane man, youre with me hopefully old chap?



    Youre friend in Celtic.


    HH to Ye all

  19. Kev @ 04:22



    It’s a very true prospect. In the wrong hands, it could easily be a repeat scenario.



    As you and me know, that’s the real concern.



    For anyone that not’s been to Auschwitz, watch this, and go there.



    The warning signs are staring us straight in the face.



    The only reason people feel secure is because “it couldn’t happen in Britain”.



    There in lies the tragic irony.




  20. Vmhan who Supports Neil Lennon says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:34


    BelfastCityCelt says:



    4 November, 2011 at 03:25



    What pills has wee Derryghirl been giving you. I am away to work now. Great result.


    Hail hail

  21. Fortunes Favour Mibbes says:


    4 November, 2011 at 04:35




    I Love You M8!



    You just do that thing…..



    You know what I mean.



    Watching another one of your excellent videos brought back memories of my late mum.



    I always remember that, there was once a BBC series called – Holocaust.



    It was a 4 part series but, I’ll never forget how frightened my mum looked while watching that.



    It was one of those moments that, jump out the cupboard at you every now and again!



    Truly horrific stuff.



    Hail! Hail!

  22. When you do the Aushwitz “tour” one of the first things that crosses the Scottish heid is show no emotion. You brace yourself.



    But it’s a guarantee at some point you will break down.



    The bit that got me was the suitcases. A store approx 10M long (30ft) by 2-3M (6-9 ft) deep piled up with suitcases (2.5M/8ft high). But there’s more to it than just “suitcases”. Hundreds of thousands of families were told that getting on the train would lead them to a better lifestyle, an escape from poverty for the benefit of their children, an escape to saftey for the families, and the promise of a new life.



    So each suitcase was initialled. Each suitcase represented a family. The deceit was kept up to the very last minute. At the front of the queue, those considered healthy enough to work were sent one way, those considered the opposite were sent into the “main hall”, told that they would get a long overdure shower and change of clothes (after travelling for days in horrific conditions). What they thought was a shower hall, was actually the gas chamber.



    The number of survivors of Auschwitz is minimal. Fewer and fewer of them making the painful return trip every year to remind visitors that, yes, this really happened, and yes, in living memory.



    The numbers killed there are well into the millions. The furnaces at the far end behind the large gas chamber halls mean that the estimated number of people murdered there will never be accurate.



    There are many, MANY people in Scotland that should be forced to visit this place now.



    My challenge is to Christine Grahame.



    Outspoken campaigner of the rights of the legal profession to govern itself.


    Outspoken campaigner of the “anti-sectarian” bill and responsible, per se, for the “loss” of the crime stats since 2004.



    My challenge is also to Alex Salmond. See above.



    You are haemorraging support for your agenda.



    Thank feck.



    From an ex SNP supporter.

  23. Fortunes Favour Mibbes says:


    4 November, 2011 at 04:35




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


    4 November, 2011 at 05:00



    You lads are to be commended for youre posts back and forth all night…… can I say!



    1. The holocaust happened….. FACT! and nazi germany were punished, Germany is a different country and will never be faced with that malignint horrible germ (which is nazism) again.



    2. scotland do have they’re own version of that odious bunch of sectarian murderers, some of them come onto CQN, so beware my friends in Celtic.



    3. As a Celtic supporter for 52 yrs and a committee member of various clubs between england and scotland, a member of this blog and a ST within the GB, no Celtic supporter would ask what I’ve been asked tonight.



    Its akin to am I a Jew or not……. My answer is I’m a Celtic supporter, mt brother Walfrid taught us all that this CFC club is for all.



    Hail Hail to that!



    Vinny Celtic friendly, worldly wise!

  24. Vmhan



    Something else that struck me, was the lovely Polish woman doing our tour in reference to two of her uncles, one of whom survived it to tell her. At the start, it was a major issue for her to ensure we all knew that it really happened. She was genuinely worried about it being airbrushed out of history.



    Yep, that’s where we are in the “Free World”.