CALLUM McGREGOR, Ryan Christie and James Forrest are the pick of the Celtic talent for Rennes boss Julien Stephan.

The French gaffer will make sure the talented trio get special attention in tonight’s Europa League group opener in Brittany.

Jullien gave the rundown on the Hoops when he told Sky Sports: “They are a team who are usually in the Champions League and they have huge experience with many internationals.

“We know they can play in the air and they are very technical. They are a very, very good team and have technical players like McGregor, Christie and Forrest, just to mention a few.

“They are well balanced and we know how difficult it will be, but we are lucky to play at home and the supporters are going to play a big role in a potential win for us.

“I do believe Celtic are one of the favourites. As far as experience they should be able to perform well, maybe just behind Lazio.

“They are used to winning national titles, every year almost, they have won eight titles in a row.”

The French outfit, who are currently second in Ligue 1 and have already beaten Paris Saint-Germain, reached the last 16 of the competition last season.

They played the Hoops at Parkhead in July as both clubs attempted to get rid of the summer rust and, despite the game ending in a scoreless stalemate, it was an exciting 90 minutes for the fans.

DANNY LENNON is among the frontrunners for the Partick Thistle manager’s job after the Firhill club sacked Gary Caldwell yesterday, as Scotzine reported.

The former Jags player and current Clyde boss has been linked with the Maryhill outfit along with another ex-player Jim Duffy, gaffer at Dumbarton, and Ayr United’s Ian McCall.

Caldwell and assistant Brian Kerr were dismissed after only 11 months in charge and with the club second bottom of the Championship without a league win.

They had replaced Alan Archibald who had been fired a few months after their relagtion from the top flight.

Thistle chief executive Gerry Britton, academy director Scott Allison and veteran striker Kenny Miller will take the team for the visit of Dunfermline at the weekend.

TOMMIE HOBAN, the former Watford defender, is poised to return to Aberdeen later this month.

Dons boss Derek McInnes will run the rule over the Republic of Ireland international as he battles for fitness following a knee injury.

The 25-year-old is attempting to overcome a cruciate ligament problem he suffered while on loan with the Pittodrie outfit in a 2-2 draw with St Mirren in February.

Hoban is now a free agent after being released by the Premier League side.

RYAN KENT is set to miss a few weeks of action, Steven Gerrard has confirmed.

The £7million winger hobbled off with  a hamstring injury 40 minutes into his Ibrox comeback in the 3-1 win over Livingston on Saturday.

Gerrard, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “He’s improving and is now pain free, walking around.

“I still think he’ll be a couple of weeks away, he’s got a hamstring problem and they’re tricky ones to deal with.

“They’re injuries you can’t really rush, so we’ll be patient and get him ready to come back, but he is improving.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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