Len­non hails his Hoops on reach­ing mile­stones

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NEIL Len­non hailed a land­mark re­sult for Celtic last night af­ter a 3-1 win over Rennes saw the Park­head club top their Euro­pean group and record 10 wins in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion in a sin­gle sea­son for the first time.

Goals from Lewis Mor­gan, , Ryan Christie and Mikey John­ston meant the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons de­feated their French ri­vals com­fort­ably.

The Glas­gow club are now four points clear of near­est ri­vals Cluj in Group E with one game re­main­ing and will be seeded in the last-32 draw.

“There were some mile­stones to achieve tonight,” said Len­non. “We asked the play­ers if they could go be­yond 10 points for the first time, could they win the group, could they win 10 games in Europe in a sea­son. They an­swered all those ques­tions.

“I’m de­lighted for the play­ers. They keep set­ting new mile­stones. They are a fan­tas­tic bunch and play­ing very well at the mo­ment.

“I don’t know how much of an achieve­ment it is top­ping the group, but it’s a land­mark night for us be­cause we have never done it be­fore. It means we can maybe get a bet­ter draw in the last 32.

Len­non added: “We have def­i­nitely im­proved re­sults and per­for­mances. We have a long way to go in the com­pe­ti­tion. The last 32 is two or three months away and that’s a long time in foot­ball.

“We will see what kind of shape we are in then but I’m de­lighted with the ma­tu­rity of the side.”

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