Celtic’s French factor with points to prove


For me, there is always trepidation before playing away from home in Europe, especially against a club from one of the big leagues.  Week-in, week-out, they face clubs who play with skill, strength and pace never seen in places like Hamilton or Dingwall. Trips to Ibrox is currently as hard as it gets for Celtic and that venue is not particularly taxing (cough).

Last month’s win over PSG enabled Rennes to sit second in the table, only two points behind the illustrious French champions, but this is new territory for tonight’s opponents.  They reached the Europa League due to their Cup Final win over PSG, not their 10th place league finish.  We should not be overly distracted by their current lofty position.

Celtic can defend well, have genuine pace and carry a goal threat from several sources.  And our recent trip to Ibrox provided a template for how Neil Lennon is likely to approach tonight’s game.

There is also our own French factor to consider.  Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham are known in their homeland for their achievements with the French youth system.  They both have a point to prove to the French public tonight.  Christopher Jullien will also be keen to do well.  He moved from a bigger league to a bigger club.  Tonight he can stand up the insight in that decision.

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  1. Apparently on Talk sh*te Alan Brazil said the baws on the slates over in Govan, anybody heard anything more to put on this skeleton.


    All he said was it’s a big stink with King at the centre of it……………what’s new we say?

  2. i’m flying to Glasgow during the game so will be nervously looking for the result as i hit the tarmac



    Mon the Hoops

  3. ” I replaced the corner flags with four candles” hahahaha!!!



    Brilliant clumps.



    I’m away to the shoaps for some jelly and ice cream………….and someone to talk tae.

  4. Bawsman



    there was something doing the rounds a couple of days ago alleging they don’t have the cash for Kent 1st instalment and Liverpool want the deal cancelled. This was aligned to Allen leaving but was all unsubstantiated. Alaln Brazil will get pelters if he has no proof. A bit silly

  5. Hi Coneybhoy, I believe the difference in our 3 match package (£75 ish) for the EL games and the Huns 3 match package (£125ish) just about exactly covers the 1st installment for Kent.

  6. French spine for me tonight



    Frenchy Forster






    Olly Ntcham



    Odsonne Edooard



    2-1 to the good guys.

  7. Paul67



    Some game tonight, think NFL may be ready to unleash Olivier Ntcham, in a slightly more defensive midfield than for the SPL.






    Elhamed, Ajer, Jullien, Boli



    Forrest, Brown, Christie, McGregor









    Cracking game in prospect Ligue 1 v SPL Champions

  8. Good afternoon, friends, just 4 and a bit hours till kick off.


    Remember, tonight will be game #4 in the ole CQN Player Of The Year survey. After taking in the game, just decide on which 3 players, in your opinion, contributed the most to our performance and drop a short email to CQNPOTY@GMAIL.COM before 10pm on Friday night. Happy to accept votes from posters, lurkers, family, friends…. ;-)

  9. Paul,



    Not concerned about their lofty league position but I am worried they were able to defeat PSG twice.



    How did we get on against them?

  10. Bawsman



    that’s what i thought too – hence not getting too carried away as the ‘rumours of Sevco demise have been greatly exaggerated’ a few times. Copywright M Twain

  11. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Good luck to the Celts today.



    4141 is the new 4231 so it’s our skipper sweeping in front of the back four with Ryan, Oli, Calmac and James, the impregnable wall from where we launch Eddy.



    I want there to be a spot for Elyounoussi but I haven’t seen him.



    Boli Mbombo will be poppin’ up and down the left, in and out the middle, over and under the wing as his inner gyro directs him.



    Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  12. Feeling slightly less nervous at the prospect of a pragmatic Neil approach than a half-baked Rodgers one-dimesnional full frontal assault….

  13. Coneybhoy on 19th September 2019 2:09 pm






    that’s what i thought too – hence not getting too carried away as the ‘rumours of Sevco demise have been greatly exaggerated’ a few times. Copywright M Twain’







    It is however worth bearing in mind that Mark Twain is actually now deceased.

  14. I’ve always said you can live for a few days without water… but you can’t live a single second without hope

  15. Paul67 et al



    Anybody who watched PSGs demolition of Real Madrid would wonder how any French team could beat them as Rennes have this season. And that was without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani! Or beat the team that beat them. Still, as was mentioned yesterday we did it before and we’ll do it again (1941 version). But we had Stokesy back then where is he now?


    (nb please don’t tell me he is working as an Elvis impersonator, I won’t buy that.)

  16. Celtic Mac


    Perhaps it’s because their prima donna stars were missing allowed the team to shine.



    Clutching at straws CSC

  17. Equally anyone who watched man citeh demolish Shaktar last night would wonder how they lost to Norwich.



    It’s a funny old game CSC

  18. GENE on 19TH SEPTEMBER 2019 2:50 PM


    Big wavy


    Hope it’s not the Neil pragmatic approach which got beat by Cluj 😰






    Having successfully worked wioth me for weeks after, I need to a new appointment qwith my therapist.



    Thanks for the trigger.

  19. For me……………………………. its







    Elham, Ajer, Jullien, Boli.




    Forrest, Brown, Christie, McGregor.












  20. Drop Callum.


    Bring in Mo.



    Push back Olly.



    There. I said it.



    Elephant in the room csc

  21. gene



    As noted by Paul, Rennes dont seem to score many goals, but dont let in many either. Our away form so far has been pretty good though Rennes are a step up from anybody we have played so far this season. Even a point would be a great result in the context of our group. Have Rennes ever beat us?

  22. Gene & Bug Wavy



    Neil has only tasted defeat twice, this time around so far, a game after league was won and Cluj at home, his away record in Europe is very good so far, let’s hope that continues later



    Quietly confident although that’s my default position .. may as well leave the worrying till there is something to worry about :-)

  23. Today’s confirmed starting line up v Rennes ……


    Forster; ElHamed, Ajer, Jullien, Bolingoli ; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi , Edouard


    Subs: Gordon Bauer Hayes Ntcham Rogic Bayo Morgan

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