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Christie wants Celtic to make experience count

Ryan Christie has urged Celtic to make their experience count when they get their Europa League group stage campaign underway against Rennes on Thursday.

Celtic may have failed to secure a place in the Champions League group stage, but they successfully negotiated their way through the final round of qualifying for Europe's secondary competition and they will now face Rennes, Lazio and Cluj in Group E.

First up for Neil Lennon's team is a trip to Roazhon Park to take on French side Rennes, who have made an impressive start to the season in Ligue 1, as they currently sit second in the standings and they beat Paris Saint-Germain last month.

Julien Stephan's side should certainly pose a threat to Celtic, but Christie believes the Glasgow giants have enough European experience to secure a positive result.

"We've got players in the squad who have experience across Europe," the Scotland international told the Celtic website.

"That's nice to have and in games like this you do need to rely on experience in some parts of the game."

Celtic have made their best start to a season in nine years after winning their opening five matches of the new Scottish Premiership season and they have scored 18 goals in the process.

Christie believes the Bhoys are a threat all over the pitch and they will certainly be able to cause Rennes a number of problems.

"We're always confident in our attacking play," the 24-year-old added. "We have a number of players in the squad who can do it. We're scoring a high amount of goals domestically and in qualifying so long may that continue. With the form we're on now we definitely come here posing an attacking threat."

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