28 November 2019 22:39
The Bhoys can walk out of the tunnel at Celtic Park tonight knowing that their place in the last 32 of the Europa League is already in the bag. Sometimes this Celtic team like to be written off or under pressure to put on their best performances. The manager has challenged his players to finish off this group in top spot. Fans already knew that Jonny Hayes and Bolingoli were out for tonight that would give young Greg Taylor a Europa League start. This a perfect chance for Celtic's new number 3 to prove to his manager that he is worthy of a starting spot.
With Hayes, Bolingoli and Taylor all in competition for the one starting spot, it has certainly brought out the best in all three defenders so far. Some fans might be surprised to see now striker starting tonight. It will be interesting to see the shape of the team tonight without a striker in the starting eleven. Morgan and Bauer get a start tonight with Sinclar and Griffiths on the bench. Matchday five in the Europa League is upon us as Celtic host Stade Rennais on Thursday night at Parkhead.
Soccer Football - Europa League - Group K - S.C. Braga v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Estadio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal - November 28, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore in action with S.C. Braga's Ricardo Horta REUTERS/Rafael Marchante STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers and Braga played out a thrilling 3-3 draw as they booked their places in the Europa League knockout stage with a game to spare along with AZ Alkmaar, Vfl Wolfsburg and Gent after the early group games on Thursday. Wolves were pegged back by Braga after taking a 3-1 halftime lead on a poor pitch in the Portuguese rain but both sides qualified from Group K as Besiktas, who were already out of contention, ended Slovan Bratislava's hopes with a 2-1 win. Ten-man Alkmaar had substitute Ferdy Druijf to thank for two late goals as they recovered to draw 2-2 at home to Partizan Belgrade in Group L and join group leaders Manchester United, whose second-string side lost 2-1 at Astana, in the last 32. Wout Weghorst's penalty put Wolfsburg into the knockout round as they claimed a 1-0 win against Ukrainian side Oleksandriya and were joined by Group I leaders Gent, who secured a 0-0 draw at French side Saint Etienne. AS Roma boosted their hopes of qualifying from Group J by winning 3-0 at Istanbul Basaksehir with first-half goals from Jordan Veretout, Justin Kluivert and Eden Dzeko, while Borussia Moenchendgladbach went top with a 1-0 win at Wolfsberger AC.
In Group G, Porto grabbed a lifeline with a 2-1 away win over Swiss side Young Boys to put themselves back in contention, while Scottish side Rangers moved into first place on eight points with a gritty 2-2 draw at Feyenoord. Already-qualified Espanyol missed the chance to secure top spot in Group H as they drew 2-2 away to Ferencvaros, and Russian side CSKA saw their chances of progressing evaporate as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ludogorets in Moscow. Competition: Europa League Celtic have officially named their starting line-up and substitutes to play host to French outfit Rennes in the Europa League this evening. Neil Lennon's side have been in impressive form in the Europa League this season and have already secured their spot in the last 32 of the competition. If Celtic can beat Rennes this evening and Cluj lose to Lazio in the group's other clash, then they will secure top spot. Bhoys boss Lennon picks Fraser Forster in goal, while as his full-backs he plumps for Moritz Bauer and Greg Taylor for the visit of the French. For his centre-back pairing, Lennon picks Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien, while in midfield Scott Brown will look to dominate. Also selected this evening are Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Olivier Ntcham and Lewis Morgan, while Ryan Christie leads the attacking threat. The Celtic manager has options on the bench to make changes if needed, including Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic. Odsonne Edouard is not in the matchday squad. Celtic Team vs Rennes Forster, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Ntcham, Morgan, Forrest