Europa League - Celtic depleted for Rennes trip

Wed, 19 Oct 09:42:00 2011

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will choose from a depleted squad for Thursday night's Europa League clash with Rennes in France.

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The Hoops boss knew he would be without defender Badr El-Kaddouri who is cup-tied for the competition. However, striker Gary Hooper, who picked up an ankle knock in the SPL game at Kilmarnock at the weekend, was also not in the travelling party who assembled at Glasgow airport on Wednesday morning ahead of their flight to Rennes.

Striker Georgios Samaras failed to recover from a bruised bone, while attacking midfielder Kris Commons picked up a calf injury in training.

Despite the latest injury blows, Celtic assistant Johan Mjallby insists the Hoops still have enough attacking options to get a result in France.

"Everyone is not fit. Gary Hooper hobbled off at half-time (at Kilmarnock), he is not travelling. Georgios is unfortunately not with us and Kris picked up a calf injury in training and he is not travelling," said former Hoops defender Mjallby.

"But we still think we have a good number of players whose strength is in attack. Usually we are an attack-minded team so I'm not sure that we can sit back and defend, it is not in our nature, especially when we have been quite poor defensive-wise in recent weeks."

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