Celtic boss Neil Lennon has expressed his disappointment with Europa League referee Jose Maria Sanchez against Rennes.
The Spaniard produced a shocking performance in Brittany tonight during Celtic’s 1-1 draw in Rennes. Incredibly, he sent Vakoun Issouf Bayo off despite him not touching Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The Hoops were also denied a stonewall penalty at 1-0 too. Ryan Christie was clipped in the box after winning the ball ahead of his opposite man, yet still he wasn’t awarded anything.
It’s fair to say that Lenny wasn’t happy post-match. Speaking to Alison Conroy after the contest, here’s what the gaffer had to say:
Neil Lennon says Celtic “thoroughly merited a point, if not 3 points” against Rennes. “It’s a great start for us…you always want more…not happy about the red card & we should’ve had another penalty” pic.twitter.com/kkgxqW1UO7
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) September 19, 2019
Did Celtic deserve three points on the night?
There’s no denying the Hoops had earned their draw. Celtic had more shots on goal than the French outfit, and possession was evenly-matched throughout.
Celtic also had good chances in the contest for Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie respectively. That’s not even counting the goal and the penalty we should’ve had.
Rennes, to their credit, did work Fraser Forster on two occasions outside of their goal. Raphinha fired a first-half curler on goal before coming close with a second-half free-kick. It’s fair to say big Fraser helped earn the result tonight too.
To say we merited three points would perhaps be going over the top. In the end, both sides had a couple of chances to win the game, but nothing too concrete. A defeat for Rennes or Celtic would’ve been harsh.
Celtic did perform well on the night, and played the better football too. But a victory would’ve been a bit of a smash-and-grab, especially when you consider how defensive we were in the final 10 minutes.
Overall, however, Lenny can be delighted with our showing. So much was said about the impressive young Rennes side we were up against. But the Hoops showed they have plenty of talent of their own. Perhaps, had it not been for a couple of refereeing decisions, Celtic could’ve had more.