CALLUM McGREGOR has applauded Neil Lennon’s bold approach as Celtic prepare to take on Rennes in the Europa League Group E encounter at Parkhead tomorrow night.

The Irishman has already led the Hoops through to the competition’s knock-out stages next year following back-to-back wins over Lazio.

Brendan Rodgers’ last involvement in Europe as the team’s manager was a 1-0 loss to Valencia in Spain after going down 2-0 in Glasgow.

However, Lennon has managed to turn things around and for the first time the club have qualified for the latter stages of the Europa League with two games to spare.

Their 2-1 victory over Lazio in Rome was their first win on Italian soil in 13 attempts.

EURO STAR…Callum McGregor in action during the 2-0 win over Cluj.

The Scotland international midfielder has applauded Lennon’s courage and belief in the team for the manner in which he has set his stall out in the Europa campaign.

Asked if Lennon was bolder than Rodgers with his approach, McGregor, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “He could be. You see with results.

“We went to Lazio and I think people hoped rather than had any expectation, but when you deliver a result like that it changes everyone’s mindset.

“That’s what we have to do now as a team in Europe. We have been great domestically and that is still our bread and butter, we still have to look after that, but I think in Europe now we probably have enough experience where we can really go and try to do something.

“We have two games now to finish top and that is where we really want to be, then, hopefully, we get a good draw and we take it from there.”



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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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