Callum McGregor returns as Celtic lose 4-3 to Rennes in Portugal

Celtic lost the friendly against French side by 4-3 this afternoon on the Algarve as Ange Postecoglou got the chance to give some minutes to all the players who travelled to Portugal for the winter training sessions. And there was the welcome return of club captain Callum McGregor to the starting eleven in a match where all the real action took place in the first half with Celtic conceding four times and scoring twice through Matt O’Riley and once through Kyogo.

“The half-time score was good: 4-3 for Rennes against Celtic in this first friendly of the preparation. A first high-flying act offensively, but with defensive errors. A more neutral second period. Top Bourigeaud, Gouiri and Assignon,” Rennes based sports journalist Nicolas Mangeard reports from Celtic’s winter training camp in the Algarve in Portugal.

All the goals came in the first half with Rennes taking an emphatic 4-1 lead with the Celtic goal coming from Matt O’Riley. Just before the interval both Kyogo and O’Riley scored for Celtic to make it Celtic 3 Rennes 4 at the interval.

The second half was disrupted by loads of changes made by both sides throughout the half and according to Nicolas Mangeard the closest we came to a goal was a Celtic effort that was deflected onto the Rennes crossbar by one of their defenders.

You can read our first half report based on the information supplied by Nicolas Mangeard HERE.

Hopefully more details to follow from Celtic, who did say in the little video posted this morning that the club would provide updates. No sign of that happening so we are grateful to Nicolas Mangeard for keeping us informed from the match that has ended Celtic 3 Rennes 4.

Next up it’s Aberdeen at Pittodrie and a massive plus from today is the return to the starting eleven of Celtic captain Callum McGregor who has been sidelined since the RB Leipzig match in Germany at the beginning of October. Welcome back Calmac!

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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