Rennes boss Julien Stephan reckons his side allowed Celtic back in to Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw.

The French Cup holders were leading at half-time through M’Baye Niang’s penalty, but they were soon pegged back by another spot-kick – this time from Ryan Christie.

The draw was undoubtedly a better one for Celtic than Rennes, as Stephan bemoaned his side’s creative ability on the evening.

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“We were facing an experienced adversary, but we did not open enough spaces and we gave them the opportunity to come back,” he told French outlet L’Equipe.


“The victory of Cluj confirms what we already knew; we must hang on to take a maximum of points. We will see at the end if it is a point won this evening, or two points lost.”


Rennes and Celtic can’t be affected by Cluj win

It is very difficult to gauge whether the result in Romania is a good one for Celtic or not. It was certainly a surprise to see Cluj come from behind to defeat Lazio, but it just goes to show how open Group E is going to be.

The impact of the result on Celtic will only become clear in a few matchdays time. If we fail to beat Cluj in Glasgow then things could start to look quite tricky. The Romanians would be two points ahead of us with a game to come over in Cluj, while Lazio and Rennes would also be in line with us.

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But on the flip side, we could be in a very strong position if we see off Dan Petrescu’s men. Having four points from our first two matches with another home game against Lazio to come would be a wonderful state of affairs for us.

It will all come down to how we perform in our individual match-ups with the other three teams. If we can take four points from each of our opponents then we will qualify comfortably for the last 32, probably as group winners.

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