Lille are the only undefeated team in Ligue 1, sitting joint top with PSG, by any measure, this is their high watermark. By contrast, Celtic go into tonight’s game without a win in three outings, having lost their place at the top of the domestic table. With an important Scottish Cup tie ahead, this is a game some tired legs could well do without.
The final Champions League qualification spot in France last season was taken by Rennes, who had one of their most memorable seasons in decades, but managed only one point from two Europa games against Celtic. Rennes continue to shadow Lille this season, this time from one place below. Our achievements in France last season will be a good yardstick for the manager going into tonight’s game.
I don’t know anyone who expects a result tonight, a point would feel like a victory, but most of all, I want the players home fit and healthy tomorrow morning. They have a big weekend ahead.