Former Rangers star Neil McCann has admitted that Celtic looked like they had better footballers than Stade Rennais.
The Hoops secured a mightily impressive 1-1 draw in France tonight. Mbaye Niang’s penalty was canceled out by Ryan Christie’s fine spot-kick in the second-half.
Yet, it was perhaps the general play that may have surprised many on the night. Rennes’ silky youngsters struggled against the aggression of Celtic. For the majority of the match, it was Neil Lennon’s side who looked the more accomplished throughout.
And Rangers hero McCann, never one to give Celtic praise too easily, told the BBC (20:17) that he wasn’t impressed with the French outfit.
“As much as we were saying Rennes were a good side, I wasn’t impressed with them tonight at all. They were poor in possession. They tried to play from the back and they were sloppy.
“They gave it away a lot and didn’t really threaten Celtic. Celtic looked like they had better footballers on the pitch.
“I wonder if Celtic would have preferred Lazio to have taken care of Cluj. Because Cluj beating the top side has certainly opened the group up.”
Celtic have nothing to fear from anyone after tonight
It’s a rare fair assessment from McCann. You can see his reasoning in thinking we may have wanted Cluj to have lost tonight. However, Celtic have nothing to fear from anyone in this group.
They proved tonight that, on our game, we’re a better side than Rennes. It’s credible to think that Rennes’ star-men perhaps didn’t feature at their best. They surely have more to offer. But so do Celtic in the final third too.
There were periods in the game where we just weren’t connecting in the Rennes half when we could’ve made better decisions. But it’s also important to remember that we produced a fine display on Rennes’ own patch.
When the French side come to Parkhead, we have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. They clearly have talent, but Neil Lennon’s side proved to many that they can compete well at this level.
As well as Rennes, we know we can deal with Cluj when we perform to our best. Lazio remain untested for us, but their result in Romania tonight proves they have weaknesses that can be exploited.
It may just be a point tonight from the result. However, the performance provides so much confidence for the Bhoys as this intriguing group stage rolls on.