NEIL LENNON suffered his way through another Jekyll and Hyde performance in Rennes last night as Celtic emerged with a point to keep their Europa League hopes flickering.
A Joe Ledley (pictured) header in the 70th minute delighted the 2,000 strong travelling support but a first half own goal from Ch Du-Ri is likely to gain cult following on Youtube.
Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil sent an apparently harmless clearance deep into the Celtic half on the half hour mark but with Fraser Forster running out to the edge of the penalty box Cha's passback flew past the keeper into the net.
Celtic's defence has been under incredible scrutiny this season with that incident certain to haunt Cha and Forster for years to come even though the on-loan Newcastle keeper did pull off two impressive second half saves.
“It was completely my fault,” Forster admitted about the Rennes goal.
“It was just a bad mistake and it should never have happened. I just need to do better and be a bit louder.
“Everyone makes mistakes but you have to put it behind you and move on. There isn't a person on the planet who hasn't made a mistake, especially in football.”
“It can be a lonely place but you have to forget that it ever happened. You can't change the past and that is what being a goalkeeper is all about.”
With Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras both injured Anthony Stokes played as the sole striker and was unlucky not to score with two half chances that he created.
Afterwards the striker said: “We knew we couldn't lose and it was a massive game for us. We're glad we got the point at the end but maybe on another day we'd have won the game.”
Lennon's decision making is on trial on a match by match basis by concerned supporters with the Parkhead boss delighted and relieved to see his side take a point and highlighted Forster for special praise.
“Away from home, no matter who you are, you need your goalkeeper to make some good saves at crucial moments,” the Celtic boss stated.
“He did that for us tonight having come out in the second half probably feeling as low as he can get.”