Celtic’s only pre-season game at Celtic Park this season, against French side Rennes ended in a goalless draw. The game was for the most part a nondescript affair, as pre-season friendlies usually are. On the plus side both Christopher Jullien and Luca Connell made their Hoops debuts. Other than that, there were some other aspects of the game that were fairly intriguing.
Here we looked three things we learned from Celtic’s draw with Rennes:
EWAN HENDERSON LOOKS ASSURED
Ewan Henderson played well when he featured for the Hoops last season. He looks to have carried that form into this season. He came close to opening the scoring in the first-half after good link-up play with Scott Sinclair, but the goalkeeper made the save. Henderson also set up Sinclair for a chance in the second-half that he somehow missed. If he continues this form into the domestic season, Henderson could play a lot of games for the Hoops this year.
CELTIC WILL HOPE BITTON INJURY ISN’T SERIOUS
Nir Bitton went down in the first-half with a knee injury, and was replaced at half-time. Hopefully that is just a precautionary move, as the player may well have started the upcoming Champions League tie against Sarajevo. Should Bitton miss the game, he could be replaced by Christopher Jullien. Perhaps Kristoffer Ajer could return to his favoured centre-back role. Bitton had injury issues last season, he will not want to go through them again this season.
CRAIG GORDON CAN STILL BE RELIED UPON
Craig Gordon only played 58 minutes of the game. But in that time he showed that he can still be relied upon when need be. He pulled off two good saves in his time on the pitch. The save in the second-half from Diafra Sakho in particular was excellent. Gordon might not play often for Celtic this season. But he has showed that if need be he can be an able replacement for Scott Bain.