The finest showing of Celtic’s season counts for little in the context of a competition they had already been eliminated from. This win over Lille could, though, deliver much needed impetus for a domestic campaign which has lurched towards crisis point for Neil Lennon. Lille, who had already qualified for the knockout stage, had to settle for Milan winning Group H as Celtic claimed a hugely entertaining encounter by the odd goal in five.
Lennon had, as predicted, made wholesale changes to his team. Conor Hazard, the 22-year-old Northern Irishman, made his debut in goal while there were starts for Ismaila Soro, David Turnbull, Patryk Klimala and the much-maligned Shane Duffy.