So, after people took that AGM/mental health patter seriously, and many actually got really worked up about it, I will dive right in about the fitbaw and our last home EL groupstage game against Rennes.
The French ‘cracks’, and I use that lazy term very loosely, will be here for the taking tomorrow.
For a start, 67 Hail Hail provided a key fact that they concede heavily on the road, with their last clean sheet coming back in 2005/2006 in European competition.
Greg Taylor and Michael ‘Mikey’ Johnston being available for selection is a welcome bonus, and hopefully we can use them at some point when we’ll have to rest some of our big dogs for the league, which is now far more important than the Europa League games.
We beat Rennes eight years ago at Celtic Park, in a fine 3-1 win, with Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper running riot, so God only knows what Odsonne Edouard is going to do to a demoralised Ligue 1 side tomorrow night.
I’m hoping we see the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Olivier Ntcham, Moritz Bauer and even Jonny Hayes being given a start tomorrow, if I’m honest.
While I don’t think the game is a complete formality, and Rennes will still pose a bit of a problem, we should have well enough within us to swat them aside in any case.
And we will.
TJDS SHOOT PREDICTION:
Celtic 2-1 Rennes.