Rennes v Celtic Preview


Tomorrow sees us venture into Europe for the first match in our Europa League group stage campaign. A match against old foes Rennes.

Rennes are currently flying high in their domestic league,in second place with ten points from five games. Although that is a tremendous start to the season for them and includes a win against Paris St Germain,their three wins all came last month. Their form this month is not quite up to that,with a home defeat by Nice and a goalless draw in Brest.

Utterly meaningless of course. It’s not like those stats prove that their season has peaked!

The last time we played Rennes was about eight years ago. A 1-1 draw over there was followed by perhaps Giorgios Samaras’ best night in The Hooooops. We lost a cheap early goal,falling asleep at a corner,and were ragged thereafter. But another poor decision from the referee saw Sammi just say-Sod this!-and he single-handedly took the game to them. Actually,he didn’t score that night,but he was completely unplayable. A Man of the Match tour de force,and we could do with one of them tomorrow night from someone.

There are only two survivors from those games who are still with us-James Forrest and Fraser Forster-though the likes of Adam Matthews,Charlie Mulgrew,Joe Ledley and Gary Hooper have been fleetingly linked on here and elsewhere with a return to us. If little else,it shows what a young team we had playing in those matches. In another eight years time there’s every chance that James and Fraser will still be wearing those Hoooops,and there’s definitely a couple of others that I would simply love to stay with us for that long.

But in the modern game,that is probably an unrealistic daydream.

What’s not unrealistic though should be for us to go there with high hopes of a good result. Our record away from home in the group stages of this tournament is nearly as bad as it is in the Champions League,but we can gloss over that. It’s my article,so that’s what I’ve decided! We certainly can’t go in to tomorrow night with trepidation simply because of past experiences. There wouldn’t be any point in us packing the suitcases if we did that for every away match!

Much of the outcome of the match will be dependent on how we approach it. I’m not entirely sure that we can go over there with the simple intent of keeping it tight and hoping to hit them on the break-although it may be that Rennes come out with the intent of hitting us hard,early and often. We have to be ready for an all-out assault on our goal from the start,but ready too to take any chances hitch come our way. It will be no night for the faint of heart,but we are in good form domestically so should have nothing to fear.

Again,our front line is fairly solid and capable and whatever combination Lenny picks should have a goal or two in them. But I reckon we could do with some restraint too,ensure that the wide players are tracking back and covering the danger when needed. I also don’t think it is a night for playing both Ryan and CalMac. Either or,IMO. And a disciplined defensive display from Broonie and Ollie.

At the back,I think it picks itself at the moment,injuries notwithstanding. So Elhamed,Jullien,Ajer,Boli.

Even at that,and with Fraser in goal,I don’t think we can expect a clean sheet. But I’m confident too that we can get a goal. So while I’m certainly not going to be caught out making a prediction,I’ll hazard a guess that it will be 1-1,with the next goal the winner!!!

Just play to your strengths,Celtic. That should do it.


Above article by BMCUWP.

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September 18, 2019 9:42 am

Hi,folks. I thought I’d better post this while I can get into admin-just in case I can’t do it tomorrow!

September 18, 2019 9:54 am


Interesting article!

I’ll settle for any 2-0 victory.

For us.

C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awe Naw
September 18, 2019 9:56 am

After the Ibrox display I have to say that I am feeling more confident than I was before about our defenders.

A 0.0 draw would be accepted like a victory.

I will be in attendance for the Celtic V Rennes game .. maybe ..we`ll see

I think Lenny will draw on his Seville experiences and that I reckon is important

Awe Naw
September 18, 2019 9:56 am

Tuesday 17 September 2019 by Pete Redfern

130,000 deaths due to austerity was a personal best but I could have killed more, says wistful Cameron

David Cameron on austerity
David Cameron has revealed that his killing spree could have been even greater if he’d committed a little more effort to inflict austerity upon the nation.

A report released in June concluded that more than 130,000 deaths in the UK since 2012 could have been prevented if improvements in public health policy had not stalled as a direct result of austerity cuts – a figure which the former Prime Minister thinks could have been higher if he’d gone at it harder and faster, like he did with that pig carcass one time.

“I was trying to pace myself, you see,” he told journalists ahead of the launch of his book, due to happen in a couple of days time.

“You can’t just kill hundreds of thousands in the first year or so, otherwise people start saying ‘dictator’ this and ‘murderous bastard’ that. You have to do it steadily, but I made the error of easing off towards the end instead of pushing even harder.

“Like that time at the Olympics when Usain Bolt turned and grinned at the camera before he’d crossed the finishing line. What didn’t help was having Nick Clegg moaning in my ear for half the time about the ethical issues of killing poor people. The bloody useless snowflake.”

David Cameron’s book ‘For The Record’ goes on sale on Thursday, and will be available in all good charity shops the following week.

September 18, 2019 11:35 am

Could be a tough night in Brittany: Rennes are an improved team from last year.
Last season, after getting thru the group stage, they beat Betis Seville with a 3-3 draw in Rennes and a 3-1 win in Spain.
In the quarter-finals, they beat Arsenal 3-1 at home, only to lose 3-0 against the future finalist of the competition.
In addition, PSG are sick of the sight of the Breton team…

Although I think we have also strengthed since last season, but it’s been a good while since we have done anything of merit in Europe.

A draw similar to our 2011 trip to Roazhon Park would be a good night’s work… Jamsie and big Fraser played that night 8 years ago!.
However, I hope the ghost of ChaDuRi doesn’t come back to haunt us.

September 18, 2019 11:48 am

Fernando Ricksen. R.I.P.

Awe Naw
September 18, 2019 11:48 am

Fernando Ricksen R.i.P

September 18, 2019 12:18 pm

Fernando Ricksen. R.I.P.

He showed great courage in his battle with MND.

As a Celtic supporter my lasting memory of Fernando will be the look on his face after Thomo skelped him around the lug during a Celtic v Rangers game. Ref didn’t see it and it was pre trial by TV days.

September 18, 2019 1:22 pm

An interesting set of observations from JJ

September 18, 2019 1:25 pm

When you see what disease can do to a young man like Fernando Ricksen you do wonder when whatever created life will stop experimenting.

RIP Sir.

Bada Bing
September 18, 2019 1:39 pm

RIP Fernando, the cruellest of diseases.

Bada Bing
September 18, 2019 1:40 pm

Celtic are to fast-track Jonathan Afolabi into the Hoops first team after the summer signing caught the eye in training.

Bada Bing
September 18, 2019 1:40 pm

Wonder Work 4.10 Beverley

Bada Bing
September 18, 2019 1:52 pm

Caldwell bagged. ….he brought it all on himself

Awe Naw
September 18, 2019 2:50 pm

When a professional footballer thinks he is cleverer than he is it always ends in failure

big packy
September 18, 2019 2:54 pm

Fernando ricksen, rest in peace, a horrible disease,

September 18, 2019 2:56 pm


Marvellous piece of work on Cameron. Of course,his replacement is a piece of work too…

September 18, 2019 2:58 pm

Fernando Ricksen R I P

A horrible disease,one which took Jinky and many others,including the son of my good friend RWE/FOOLTIMEWHISTLE at a cruelly young age.

September 18, 2019 3:01 pm

Stingingly accurate condemnation of the article in The Scotsman by alleged Freemason and retired top cop.

“Since sectarian anti-Catholicism long predates the existence of Catholic schools in Scotland, the schools cannot be the cause of it.

“Catholic schools exist in dozens of countries around the world, including England, nowhere else are they charged with being the engine of intolerance.”

big packy
September 18, 2019 3:07 pm

BOBBY, wont be easy against rennes that’s for sure, we need everyone and I mean everyone to step up to the plate tomorrow, if they do we could come away with a result, play the way we did in the second half against Hamilton, I wont be behind the couch ill be under it?

September 18, 2019 3:23 pm


I rarely get the chance to watch a match with the B-I-G Celtic fans in my life-that’s my sisters and my Dad. Tomorrow night is the first of four,maybe five in a fortnight.

Feast or famine comes to mind!

Believe it or not,I’m the relaxed one while we’re watching. And then,suddenly I’m not. ”Twas ever thus.

big packy
September 18, 2019 3:34 pm

BOBBY, keep the faith.???

September 18, 2019 3:36 pm

Stingingly accurate condemnation of the article in The Scotsman by alleged Freemason and retired top cop.
“Since sectarian anti-Catholicism long predates the existence of Catholic schools in Scotland, the schools cannot be the cause of it.
“Catholic schools exist in dozens of countries around the world, including England, nowhere else are they charged with being the engine of intolerance.”

Aye this in a country, Scotland, where the current party in power was founded by individuals with a vehemently Anti Irish Catholic agenda. Has anyone read any of Andrew Dewar Gibb’s musings on the Irish in Scotland?

Awe Naw
September 18, 2019 3:45 pm

More Blacks
More Dogs
More Irish

September 18, 2019 4:21 pm

Firstly, condolences to the Ricksen family. I hope that all of their memories will turn to happy times with Fernando.

Rennes will be a good barometer of how we have progressed as a team. I feel that their current position in the league is a false one. They are second but have only scored six goals in five games. Teams far lower than them have scored many more. They have conceded 3 goals in those games. So they have the basics correct…they are set up not to concede goals and let the chips fall where they may.They have strengthened by bringing in $62 million worth of new players, mainly in attack, with $24 spent on Raphinha, a wide player who plays on the right. This should be a challenge for Mr Boli…one that I hope he rises to.Their new striker from Torino cost $17 million and may or may not be fit for the game. he is their leading scorer with 2 goals. BUT, BUT, BUT……half of their 6 goals come from defence and the midfield. Watch out for Morel their hugely experienced 35 year old CB who joined from Lyon.

This spend was almost exactly balanced by incoming revenue from outgoing transfers…a team that really does put transfer money back into the team! They lost their star right winger to Watford and a good goalie and LB. Perhaps, more significantly, they lost an experienced central midfielder to Lille. Seven of their 27 squad play for a national team.

So, based on a comparison of the two leagues(Ligue 1 vs SPL) and the money spent on incoming transfers, plus the fact they beat PSG, we should have no chance in this game. However, we are talking about football here where results are often favoured by random events and individual performances.

My heart says a scoring draw, my head says a home win.


big packy
September 18, 2019 5:59 pm

AWE NAW, that horrible saying no dogs no blacks no irish, was that not a whole uk thing at the time, and not just Scotland,.my old bonce is saying all uk, but I might be wrong.hh.

September 18, 2019 6:03 pm

Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs

Also a great autobiography by John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten. Caveat: in his 2nd autobiography Lydon comes across as someone who dislikes the Irish ( a lot) despite both his parents being Irish. Probably a lot to do with him being imprisoned for a few days in Mountjoy jail in Dublin in 1980.

big packy
September 18, 2019 6:09 pm

OGLACH cheers??

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 6:13 pm

Not had a great day, usual animal stuff, don’t like digging holes but it has to be done.
A few short years ago, about five to be precise the Mrs and I were on our way to Portsmouth to get the ferry to Spain, we had time to kill so we decided to take a detour so we could savor the delights of southern britland, lo and behold we saw the No Irish, No Blacks and No dogs signs in more than one establishment

September 18, 2019 6:20 pm

TET, That’s shocking, I thought those signs were from the 50s or 60s when racism was rampant. Even more than today.

big packy
September 18, 2019 6:22 pm

THE EXILED TIM, wow, that is frightening 5 years ago, to be honest when I was driving for a living done the Portsmouth Southampton run a lot, never noticed it, but then I wasn’t looking for it either so its obviously still there bubbling under the surface, boris will be in his element, you can add scots to that as well because he definitely does not like us.hh.

big packy
September 18, 2019 6:26 pm

HI JIM, so its still there, in fact it probably never went away, god help us if boris and his cronies get a large majority when the election comes, its very frightening.hh.

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 6:29 pm

We went off the beaten track, but they were there, we asked one landlord about it and he brushed it off as banter, little engerland is as racist as it gets, always has been.

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 6:36 pm

IF the brits had any affiliation towards Ireland the anti Irish Catholic stuff in Scotland wouldn’t be tolerated, as it is the brits are anti everything cept themselves.
Lewes anyone….

September 18, 2019 6:36 pm

I’ve read that racism is the thinking behind some, not all, of the brexiteers. They want a closed border. God help the NHS if that happens. And farmers in places like Tayside. Or the Scottish fishing industry.

I remember huge trade union demonstrations in the 1970s wanting foreigners to be deported to protect British jobs. It looks like it’s still there under the surface. Just not PC to admit it out loud nowadays.

big packy
September 18, 2019 6:37 pm

THE EXILED TIM , yes just think of farage and robinson case closed.hh.

September 18, 2019 6:37 pm

Yesterday i mentioned perception in discussing why our players are often undervalued.
Today i am watching Olympiacos v Tottenham reffed by an Italian.
He has selective vision and has given a few soft fouls in Spurs favor when they went down with little contact.
On more than one occasion he has not awarded fouls to Olympiacos for exactly the same.
Kane just puts Spurs 1-0 up on a penalty he won fairly for a change.He was tripped.
For such a big guy he goes down too easily.
Would a club outwit the big leagues have got that decision though?
Has me thinking of the difficulty we often encounter in Europe with poor refereeing.
Maldini hand ball being one,,Arsenal and Giggs dives for awarded penalties.
Are we perceived as a physical team who dives and cheats?
Mourinho used this perception to full advantage in Seville to clearly influence the dreadful refs performance.
In recent times has the bigoted head of refereeing had a huge influence on our European games or is it just the perception that Scottish teams are agricultural with no skill.
If they watched SPL highlights it would certainly bolster that view.

big packy
September 18, 2019 6:46 pm

THE EXILED TIM, if boris does get a big majority you better make room for jimthettim and joan and me, plus 4 westies, cos were comin??

September 18, 2019 6:57 pm


It shouldn’t be forgotten that a lot of regions in England that are traditional Labour strongholds the majority of voters chose to leave the EU. This was based wholly on their desire to curb immigration, no if or buts – stopping immigration was their primary reason to vote leave. It is a bit of a conundrum for the Labour party and probably the reason why the right wing Faragists will hold the balance of power in Parliament after the next election.

As an aside and a wee lesson from history: it is worth noting that the German Nazi party didn’t come to power via a coup d’état they were elected to power by the majority of the German people in a democratic election. However once in power it took the Nazis less than 6 months to totally subvert the democratic rule of law and install a dictatorship in its place.

big packy
September 18, 2019 7:00 pm

OGLACH, nail on head.??

September 18, 2019 7:14 pm

The Nazi point is so valid in the present political climate.
I struggle to see why the working class have been so easily conned on the immigration issue.
Interesting that governments never mention the impact of technology and lack of social responsibility in corporations?
Here in the USA we have the same anti immigration climate as technology and the con that is globalization have replaced many jobs.
As in the parallels with Nazi Germany brilliant distraction is blinding the masses to reality.

Also i lived in England for about 12 years and was often made aware of their historical sense of supremacy.
In a way they’re like the huns and always look to blame others for their own created misfortune.

September 18, 2019 7:23 pm


Agree, as the Nazis used people of the Jewish faith to blame for all the problems of post WW1 Germany our modern equivalent, in most of Western Europe, are immigrants and those at the very bottom of society. The rise of right wing nationalist / populist politics is worrying.

September 18, 2019 7:26 pm


I watched the Napoli vs L’pool game. Calejon, who earned the penalty, was trailing his leg all game to draw fouls. The penalty was a simulation. Slow motion replays show that. He should be fined and banned for that performance. It determined the result of the game.

Klopp is too nice. He should pursue it.


September 18, 2019 7:59 pm

Cheating has now become the norm in the modern game.
It has been encouraged with the tv pundits oft used phrase ( there was contact )
It’s become akin to wrestling with some of the theatrics.
They have to start with retrospective punishment for simulation.
Christiano Ronaldo was incredibly guilty of it whenever he lost the ball.
Mo Salah another superstar frequently dives.
This diving forward or dragging the leg to initiate contact should be an automatic yellow.
Are the goalies now becoming the players who dive the least?

big packy
September 18, 2019 8:14 pm

tomorrow will tell us know how far we have come, rennes im afraid are 1 or 2 steps up from the accies, as I said to bobby this afternoon, if everyone steps up to the plate we have a chance, if its second half accies stuff, get behind the couch, only my opinion, shoot me down if you want?

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 8:19 pm

Quality goal from PSG there, they are missing their usual front three as well.
Cheating is rampant, the money has a lot to do wit things, but the adulation that footballers are given is the main problem, gone are the days, sad to say it’s only gonna get worse

September 18, 2019 8:29 pm

Watching Athletico v Juventus.
Juventus at 23rd minute have 62% possession.
Athletico 4 shots on target to Juve’s 1

A thing of beauty
September 18, 2019 8:32 pm

RIP Fernando Ricksen
As has been said already, an awful disease.

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 8:35 pm

An even better goal for PSG there, Di Maria with them both, quality stuff.
Aye, stats are a mind feck at times 😉

The Exiled Tim
September 18, 2019 8:38 pm

Great goal from Bale there ruled out by VAR for a handball, a correct decision
I have a free 10 euro in play bet in the PSG game, and don’t have a clue what to stick it on, no like me but have no clue

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