Rennes friendly gives big opportunities to Celtic

By Connor Gordon

May 29, 2019

Celtic’s summer friendly against Rennes presents the Hoops with a host of opportunities.

Not only do the Celts get to play against a top European side, but they can also scout the talent on offer.

Rennes are a side reaching their peak, fresh from the Coupe de France win last month.

The Rouge et Noir squad is littered with fantastic talent that the Bhoys could use.

Celtic can watch Rennes talent in friendly

Julien Stephan brings his cup winners to Parkhead on July 13 for the fourth fixture between the two.

Leigh Griffiths scoring against Rennes in 2015. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

They both clashed in the Europa League in 2011 and played a friendly at Celtic Park in 2015.

Celtic are yet to lose to the French side.

Rennes will be playing in the Europa League for the second consecutive year after beating PSG to win the Coupe de France for the first time in 48 years.

From back to front, Rennes stars can easily walk into some positions at Celtic who need to rebuild.

At the back, Rami Bensebaini would be the top utility man as he can play across the back four. With Mikael Lustig at the end of his contract, the Algerian international is an ample replacement.

In the centre, captain Benjamin André is a ready-made replacement for Scott Brown when the time comes.

Benjamin André is one to watch at Rennes. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

They have similar playing styles and both put their heart on their sleeves for their respective clubs.

In an attacking sense, the likes of M’Baye Niang and Benjamin Bourigeaud will excite the Celtic support.

Celtic can use Rennes as European tester

Teams won’t come harder in Champions League qualifying than the Ligue 1 side.

The Bhoys can use the challenge to see early on where the team are at with progress.

European football is so vital this season and it must be in the Champions League.

Celtic need to use Rennes friendly as Champions League pre-cursor. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Rennes will be doing the same with Celtic to see where they need to improve for their campaign.

Neil Lennon must not use this as a glorified training session and treat the match with the respect it deserves.

The team can build their fitness in Austria and Switzerland in the previous two weeks before Rennes match.

Rennes will be the first challenge before the Hoops step into Champions League competition.