Overall Celtic legend Chris Sutton was impressed with the Hoops’ performance in the 1-1 draw against Rennes. The Hoops showed plenty of battling qualities in the game. Therefore, it was no surprise that he liked what he saw.
However, he has identified one aspect of the Celtic side which didn’t perform to its’ very best in France – the Hoops attackers.
“If anything, the one department which didn’t sparkle as it can in France was the attacking unit” he said, writing in his column in the Daily Record.
Sutton did give the players a ‘pass’ though, as their form has been so good this season.
“They get a pass”
“But given what James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard have produced at home and in Europe this season for the club and the manager, they get a pass.”
Some of the intricate link-up play from the Celtic attackers was excellent at times. However, more often than not, the attackers were crowded out at the edge of the penalty box.
This was particularly the case for Odsonne Edouard. His opportunities for the Hoops seemed to end at the edge of the penalty box.
Looked dangerous when isolating opponents
Celtic looked more effected when they managed to isolate their wingers against their opponents. That was the case when James Forrest got into a one-on-one situation on the wing. He cut inside and curled a shot that went just over the bar.
As Sutton says, Celtic’s attackers have been in great form this season. They are allowed to have a poor game once in a while.
However, they will need to improve if the Hoops are to pick up the three points in the next Europa League game against Cluj.