Celtic vs Rennes
Europa League Group E
8:00pm Thursday November
Already-qualified Celtic top place at Europa League Group E as Ligue 1 side Rennes were comfortably beaten 3-1 in Glasgow.
Lewis Morgan fulfilled James Forrests cut-back to give Neil Lennons side the guide (21), and Ryan Christie awakened Celtics benefit on the stroke of half-time by beating Edouard Mendy at his near post (45+1).
Substitute Mikey Johnston lashed at a third from Olivier Ntchams pass (74), also while substitute Adrien Hunous late header refused Celtic a clean sheet, it did little to take the gloss off a fourth straight Europa League win for the Scottish champions.
Celtic had booked their place at the form of 32 with two games remaining, a month and for the draw, they will be seeded also Lazio beating Cluj in Rome.
The visitors had the first sight of goal as Romain Del Castillo chopped to check Fraser Forster in distance, however, the Celtic stopper was awake to the danger to keep his push out.
Morgan was set up in an unnatural position in Odsonne Edouards absence, but he made a strikers conclusion. Greg Taylor, one of four changes to the side that beat Livingston 4-0 last weekend, also combined well with Forrest down the left, and Morgan browse the latters most cut-back to nip in front of Joris Gnagnon to net at the near post with a sweeping finish.
The hosts might have doubled their lead moments later when Ntcham forced Mendy save low down to his right, since Lazio took the lead in Rome against Cluj thanks to Joaquin Correas 44, although there was good news.
By today there was a carnival atmosphere in Celtic Park as the two sets of fans joined in doingThe Poznan – but it was Lennons side that had been celebrating a second. Scott Brown found the Christie that was impressive about the right, and the winger cut into embarrass Mendy having a historical finish that was low to his left.
Brown was walking a tightrope following persistent fouling through the first half, and with the captain a reservation away he escaped a caution.
The Norwegian match official Espen Eskas missed the episode but would minutes later publication Brown for barging late into James Lea Siliki misses the match in Romania against Cluj month.
Forster was a virtual spectator for the best aspect of an hourbut he produced two brilliant saves to deny Rennes that a foothold as first he kept out Flavien Taits close-range campaign from Sacha Boeys cross before reacting quickest to tip the rally from Jordan Siebatcheu on the post with his thighs.
Head coach Julien Stephan chose to field an extremely youthful Rennes side together with the typical age of his own defence just 21, but here they were schooled by the dominant hosts as replacement Johnston added a sublime third with 16 minutes remaining, running on a one-two with Ntcham before finding the bottom corner via the post.
Rennes, who were already eliminated from the competition, have now lost four successive Europa League matches – their worst these streak in most European competitions because December 2005 – however they did score a late consolation as Hunou fulfilled Faitout Maouassas cross at the near post to deny Celtic a blank sheet.
Celtic travel to face Ross County from the Premiership on Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event at 11am using kick-off at noon. Host Saint-Etienne at Ligue 1 on the identical day.
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