CELTIC are at the mercy of the international break right now but when they return to action the games come thick and fast for the Hoops.

Neil Lennon has had an impressive start to the season and that’s been highlighted by the fact Celtic have qualified for the knockout round of the Europa League with two games to spare.

Their Euro rivals Rennes had big hopes for this campaign but they haven’t got going since Celtic took a point off them in France. Heading out of the competition prematurely, the Rennes boss Julien Stephan has made the admission he’s ready to play his young stars against Celtic at Parkhead after the international break.

With Celtic chasing the number one spot in the group they’re likely to field a strong team at home against the French club giving them a boost in their pursuit for a number one finish.

Rennes have nothing but pride to play for but Celtic should be wary of a team trying to prove a point with players looking to make an impact. The result won’t be a foregone conclusion and it’ll be up to the bhoys on the night to make the right impact.

Speaking to SunSport, the Rennes boss confirmed his intentions.

“I don’t view the two remaining games in the Europa League as not important. I see it as a great opportunity to use it to give our young players a chance to taste European football.

“They will only learn by being put into an environment like Celtic Park so it will be excellent for them to experience this.

“When the draw was made, we were confident we could qualify, but it’s been disappointing.

“For those who are criticising us for losing to Cluj, I would point out that this is the team who eliminated Celtic from the Champions League.

“We have shown inexperience in every game we have played in this group. But we will ultimately learn from this season’s matches in Europe.”


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