Goalscoring draw in Rennes maintains Celtic record after 15 games

By John Reid

September 20, 2019

Celtic have played 15 competitive games so far this season. The most recent being the 1-1 Europa League draw with Rennes. Celtic have scored in every single one of those 15 games. That is a most encouraging record.

Perhaps in previous years, Celtic teams have folded when going a goal behind away from home in Europe. That wasn’t the case in Rennes, as the Hoops battled back to claim a creditable point.

Team has been transformed


Credit has to be given to Neil Lennon for that. He has transformed his Celtic side from one that struggled to score in most of his games as caretaker boss, to one that can’t stop finding the back of the net this season.

Last season, Lennon managed Celtic in 14 games as caretaker manager. The Hoops failed to score in four of those games. That is something that has not looked like happening once so far this season.

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In the 15 games this season, Celtic have scored 43 goals. That is an average of 2.86 a game. That is an excellent record to have at such an early stage of the season.

Lennon seems to have encouraged the team to throw off the shackles of last season. At times during his time as caretaker boss, the Hoops seemed almost fearful and timid. That has not been the case this season.

Goals from midfield have been vital

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A reason for that has been the goals that have been coming from the middle of the park. Ryan Christie’s equaliser against Rennes was his ninth goal of the season. That is more goals than Odsonne Edouard has scored so far this season.

James Forrest has also contributed, scoring seven goals so far this season. With the attacking prowess in the current Celtic team, the Hoops’ record of scoring in every game so far this season continue for a while yet. It is a record that Neil Lennon and his players should be proud of.