The Celtic side that drew with Rennes on Thursday evening could only muster an average player rating of 4.7 in the bizarre figures dished out by a French news outlet.
The well renowned L’Equipe refused to give any Hoops players a score above six despite a pretty impressive display against the French Cup holders.
And French forward Odsonne Edouard got a bizarre total of three, one less than referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez who made a couple of high-profile blunders.
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) September 20, 2019
The French outlet have underestimated the Celtic performance
The numbers from French media perhaps go to highlight the frustration with their own team’s performance, rather than the quality of Celtic’s. Many will look at Rennes, the second best team currently in France, and think they underperformed against us at Roazhon Park.
But the truth is that Celtic didn’t let them perform. The same was said about Rangers underperforming at Ibrox three weeks ago, but once again it was Neil Lennon’s men who set out in a way that made it hard for the opposition.
Perhaps it is time for media, in both Scotland and abroad, to show more appreciation for the way we are playing. Callum McGregor and Scott Brown both looked imperious in the middle of the park. They limited the Rennes midfield to scraps and started off our own attacks with their quality play in possession.
For the pair only both to net fives shows how harsh the French critics really are.
One thing’s for sure though – the ratings aren’t likely to bother the Celtic players too much. They will just be delighted to have got their Group E campaign up and running with a good result.
For so long, it has felt like we play catch up in these groups after making poor starts. This time we have an early foothold and a chance to add further points with two home games to come. If we can take four, or even six, points from those matches then we will be in a great place to qualify.