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Celtic’s French factor with points to prove

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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. embramike

     

     

    Looks potentially strong at the back, but not sure about the balance of the team, not unless Elyounoussi puts in one hell of a shift.

  2. Big wavy

     

    Before a match I’m not so much a glass half empty person I’m more of a nothing in the glass fan

  3. Clyde News said the klub wants the huns to wear orange tonight, even using a dead man to get their bigoted message across, this has Traynors mucky mitts all over it,the klub with no shame

  4. Bada

     

    Fernando was Dutch so I can see the connection. With most teams I would say they are doing it for the right reasons – however bet they will be selling them with Ricksen on the back

  5. !!bada bing!!

     

     

    There are no depths to which Jim Traynor will not sink.

     

    Shocking, but not surprising.

  6. Celtic Mac

     

     

    You mention, you are not sure about the balance of the team. Can you elaborate .

     

    Because by n large it is the same shape / balance we have come to expect from Celtic for the last 3 , 4 seasons.

     

     

    4-2-3-1 Christie in 10 role. The alternative to him would be Rogic.

     

    Elyunoussi wide left… The alternative to that selection, historically would be a Sinclair, or M.Johnston

     

     

    But point being, team shape stays as is.

     

    As it always is.

     

     

    What’s the balance issue you speak of ?

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