THE HOOPS REPORT: HONOURS SHARED IN CLASH OF THE CELTS IN BRITTANY

first_imgIT WAS the clash of the Celts in northern France tonight as Celtic travelled to Brittany to take on Rennes.And the Hoops managed to take a point – and still await a win on the road in Europe.Celtic recovered from a bizarre own goal to claim the Europa League point against Rennes in France. Cha Du-Ri’s misplaced passback handed Rennes the lead on the half-hour, moments after Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil had denied Anthony Stokes.But Joe Ledley’s header levelled the match on 70 minutes.Charlie Mulgrew came close with a free-kick for the visitors and Youssouf Hadji’s acrobatic shot was brilliantly saved by Celtic’s Fraser Forster.With Udinese beating Atletico Madrid in the evening’s other Group I fixture, Celtic and Rennes are two points behind the Spaniards and five behind the Italians. “It would have been a real shame having played so well to lose a game with the goal we conceded,” Hoops manager Neil Lennon told ESPN.“But credit to the players in the second half, we weathered a wee bit of a storm.“Fraser Forster showed his character [with] tremendous saves, but we created some good chances and I felt on the balance of play we should have won the game.”The SPL side fell behind in bizarre circumstances as a misunderstanding between Du-Ri and goalkeeper Forster saw the defender pass the ball back from 30-yards out and into his own net.“Fraser got himself in no man’s land and you think the curse is going to strike again,” Lennon added. “But I said to the players ‘look, go out there and keep playing, keep committed, keep concentrated’ and once we got a good delivery we scored from it which delights me.“It’s a testament to the team after the weekend. They come and show the quality. I’m very, very proud of them tonight.”Lennon also saved a praise goalscorer Ledley, who looped in a header in the second half to bring the scores level.He said: “He’s a terrific player and no matter where you ask him to play he does a great job for the team. “He’s gradually got better and better and he was marvellous tonight against really top class players.“To get the goal was a bonus but his overall display was fantastic.”Goalscorer Ledley added: “I thought I did okay at left-back. It’s not my strongest position but I’m happy to do it for the team and I’m just glad we put in a great team performance.“We’ve got some great players here and it was a great performance by the boys.”DONEGALDAILY.COM – DONEGAL’S BIGGEST AND BEST NEWS WEBSITE……GIVING YOU THE NEWS NOW!ADVERTISE FOR JUST €3..click www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTHE HOOPS REPORT: HONOURS SHARED IN CLASH OF THE CELTS IN BRITTANY was last modified: October 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Celticeuropa leagueJoe LedleyNeil Lennonrenneslast_img

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