Rennes captain makes bizarre analogy ahead of Celtic trip

By David Walton

November 25, 2019

Rennes captain Damien Da Silva believes his side lacks aggression, but used a bizarre analogy to describe his team ahead of their Parkhead visit.

So far the season has been pretty disastrous for the Ligue 1 outfit. After winning the French Cup last season, they’ve gone on to win just five of their 13 league games in the 2019/20 campaign. In addition to that, they’ve only managed one point from four Europa League matches.

They head to Celtic Park looking for their first-ever win in Scotland this week and their first-ever success against Scottish opposition. However, they also come into this one having just lost 2-1 to Dijon at the weekend.

Damien Da Silva played in the reverse match in France (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

And speaking to L’Equipe about their performances in recent weeks, Da Silva made an odd comparison about what they have to be like in order to achieve results. As well as that, number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy also touched on their poor form:

Da Silva: “Every time we played with a lot of heart and value, we had results. We must have rabies. We must become dogs on the ground, which we have not seen.”

Mendy: “The coach and the staff have the right to be angry. They had established the game plan. The coach had put his finger on the personality (which had to be shown) in the preparation. Honestly, I did not hear a lot of people talking (in the dressing room). In those moments, it is useless.”

Rennes coming to Parkhead as a wounded animal

It’s a bit of an odd remark for their captain to come out and make, but it’s clear that Rennes are struggling ahead of Thursday night.

Rennes lost to Dijon at the weekend (Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images)

They’ve only won two games since that 1-1 draw in France back in September. They haven’t beaten a Scottish side in five attempts, and there’s no real reason to convince you that this week will be their first success.

Celtic, on the other hand, couldn’t be in better shape. They’ve scored more goals at this point of the season than they ever managed under Brendan Rodgers. Neil Lennon’s side have 81 goals to their name in only 28 matches. Considering 12 of those games have been in European games, it’s thoroughly impressive.

Rennes pose no real fear factor, but that doesn’t mean they have no threats. Mbaye Niang, Eduardo Camavinga, and Benjamin Beauregard are all potentially dangerous Hoops. They have plenty of attacking spark, and it only takes one good performance to turn their form around.

Julien Stephan could do with three points on Thursday night (Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

A win at Celtic Park would be massive for Rennes. Perhaps not in the context of the group, but from a morale-based perspective. They couldn’t be in much worse shape, but how a win in Glasgow would be the perfect tonic for them.

Here’s hoping they don’t turn into dogs at Celtic Park. But even if they do, you would fancy Lenny’s rampant Celts to put them down.