Celtic fans' other Europa League conundrum

By Connor Gordon

October 3, 2019

Celtic fans will be scratching their heads before the match day two Europa League fixtures kick off.

The Hoops faithful will be wondering who to back in the other game in the group. It’s evenly poised after the opening matches which see Cluj lead with Celtic and Rennes sharing a point. The French cup winners take on Lazio at the same time, but who will the fans want to see win that?

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The first matches threw up quite the surprise result in the Hoops’ group.

Cluj shocking the group by beating Lazio on match day one. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Cluj shocked everyone by beating Lazio at home which makes it all to play for, even this early.

The Italians may not be looking at the Europa League as a priority, hence the poor result. Nevertheless, they have definite quality to go even to Romania and get a result – Celtic did so two months ago.

Lazio are now looking for a win against Rennes who are ahead of them in the group by a point. The French press are even dubbing the match a ‘Final’ at this early stage.

Perhaps the Celts may back Lazio in that event as a win against Cluj will take the Hoops top.

Celtic drew their Europa League opener with Rennes two weeks ago. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

However, as it’s still early in the proceedings, Lazio could get over the dismal opening result and go on a run, leaving Celtic trailing.

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Some Celtic fans seen the Europa League group as a straight race for second against Rennes. Although, there are fans who believe that Celtic can take Rennes at Parkhead at the end of November.

Having the Breton side beating Lazio would keep the Italians even quieter and it would be a straight fight with Rennes for qualification.

Some Celtic fans will hope Mbaye Niang does the business for Rennes against Lazio tonight. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

If Celtic were then to beat Rennes and Parkhead, the group would be there for the taking.

If it turns out that Celtic are overestimating every team in the group then the chance of topping it is a reality. What is for sure is, after tonight, everyone will have a clearer picture of what needs to be done in the coming games and against who.