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.

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“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.”

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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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