RENNES boss Julien Stefan has warned Celtic they’re in for a tough time with his newest signing Raphinha ready for their Europa League test.

Celtic are in a group with the French outfit, Lazio and Cluj – a tough group where all the teams can potentially take points off another.

Neil Lennon and his team head to France next Thursday for their Europa League opener and they’ll have to put in a memorable performance if they’re to come away with a positive result.

Not only will they have to worry about Rennes new £19m man Raphina but this is the best start the French club have had to a season in over 70 years. Their confidence is high and having already beat PSG this term Rennes fancy their chances against just about anyone.

Speaking about his new signing, Julien told SunSport the player is ready to do damage to the opposition.

“He is a player who can eliminate his man, break through lines and dribble superbly.”

He is also capable of making the last pass and scoring goals, winning the one-on-one.

“He compliments the characteristics of our other offensive players and can also play as a second central striker.

“The arrival of the two players will allow us to have other options and to be able to change systems during a match. We will be less predictable by our opponents.”

Celtic have a tie against Hamilton in the league on Saturday before they can fully focus on the Europa League tie.


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