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Charlie Nicholas reacts to Celtic draw against Rennes

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Charlie Nicholas reacts to Celtic draw against Rennes

Charlie Nicholas hailed Celtic for their result away to Rennes on Thursday in the Europa League group stages.

Neil Lennon’s side came from a goal behind to earn a 1-1 draw against the Ligue 1 opposition.

Ryan Christie’s penalty in the second-half cancelled out a first-half spot-kick from M’Baye Niang for the hosts.

The Bhoys picked up a valuable away point in their European group and should have a good chance of qualifying if they take care of business in their home fixtures.

The Scottish champions have struggled in away games in recent years, but gave a great account of themselves against Rennes and were unfortunate not to earn more than one penalty.

Sky Sports pundit Nicholas was impressed by his former side Celtic following their result, but did admit that star player Odsonne Edouard was a little quiet.

 

The 21-year-old Frenchman was unable to score on his return to his homeland and was shown a booking for a dive.

But the centre-forward still lead the line effectively with his pace and power, while he always puts a shift in with great energy for Lennon’s team.

“Their away record is relatively poor, when they went behind I thought it’s the same old Achilles heel here. But Neil Lennon has done a really clever job, they have got a tremendous mental strength, a togetherness that absorbs you at times,” Nicholas told Sky Sports Main Event channel (10:20pm, 19 September).

“Edouard I thought was relatively quiet tonight, but I thought it was a really good comeback. That’s a good point.”

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TBR’s View:

Edouard was unable to get on the scoresheet for Celtic on Thursday and it shows what high standards he’s setting if no goals in one game is seen as a drop off.

The Frenchman was part of attacking unit that looked a real threat when they went forward and they did ask questions of the Rennes backline.

He has been directly involved in 11 goals in 13 games across all competitions so far this campaign and has taken on the job of number one centre-forward with relative ease.

Edouard showed he can be the target man that holds the ball up well and can do the ugly work, while fans have already seen what a clinical goalscorer he can be too.

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