Updated: Mar 3
Europa League Group matches
Celtic 3 (Jullien 21, McGregor PEN 28, Turnbull 75)
Lille 2 (Ikone 24, Weah 71)
For Lille's first McGregor attempted a crazy pass back from 40 yards out which was intercepted and Lille pushed forward. Laxalt couldn't catch Ikone despite giving him a start and when the ball was cut back to him he scored from 6 yards. For their second a free kick was headed by Duffy as Jullien missed it but it landed to Weah and Elyounoussi couldn't stop him from scoring.
Turnbull set up Celtic's first, Frimpong won a penalty for the 2nd and Ajer set up the third.
Celtic had a xG of 1.30 while Lille had a xG of 1.60
Celtic had 11 shots with 4 being on target. Possession was 35% with 500 touches. Celtic had 6 corners and touches in the box were 13. Total Passes were 276 with a Passing accuracy of 71%. Celtic had 16 crosses. Possession in the final third was 26% and Celtic passes in the final third were 105. Possession, touches and passes in the final third were the 2nd lowest of the season (2nd to our other game versus Lille). Total passes and pass accuracy were the lowest of the season.
Turnbull was man of the match due to his stats. Christie had 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 4.7% possession, 55 touches, 57% pass rate 2, 3 key passes, 2 touches in the box.
Again Celtic changed formation and back to a 4231. Hazard came in for his debut and Soro came in for his first start. Also coming in were Duffy, Turnbull, Elyounoussi and Klimala. Dropped/rested were Barkas, Bitton, Brown, Christie, Rogic and Edouard. Forrest was still unavailale. Bitton and Christie didn't make the bench.
Celtic lined up with;
- Ajer, Jullien, Duffy and Laxalt
- Soro and McGregor
- Frimpong, Turnbull and Elyounoussi
Welsh, Henderson, Ajeti and Rogic all came on as subs, with Henderson making his first appearance of the season. After 25 consecutive games this season this is the first that Brown had no involvement in.
Key note - Celtic's total passes and pass % were the worst this season with % possession, touches and final third passes were the second worst after the other Lille game.