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Bordeaux continued Martin O'Neill's learning experience as the new manager of Celtic saw his side go down 4-2 to the dazzling skills of the Girondins.

Despite being without £6 million summer signing Chris Sutton, Celtic still managed find ways to conceded goals that will give O'Neill many sleepless nights if this continues into the season.

O'Neill was the centre-piece of a procession as Celtic paraded their new manager before kick-off and he promised the crowd that he would bring them success before his attempt at humour was lost in a cacophony of appreciation.

With Sutton out, O'Neill was the only new signing on view and last year's team managed to unearth the same form that saw them underachieve so badly last term.

At least Henrik Larsson was up for the occasion as he aimed to put his injury nightmare season behind him, followed by a poor Euro 2000 showing by Sweden and his deft touches gave the crowd something to look forward to.

Marc Wilmots opened the scoring for Bordeaux but Larsson converted a penalty a minute before half-time to send the sides into the break on level terms.

Larsson then turned provider for speedy striker Mark Burchill to make it 2-1 to the home side in the 53rd minute. However, despite being reduced to ten men after Laurent Battles was given his marching orders for a nasty clash with Eyal Berkovic on the hour, Bordeaux scored three times without reply to win the game.

The sending off galvanised the French and they quickly took a 3-2 lead after strikes from Lilian Laslandes and Pascale Feinduono before Jerome Bonnissel completed the scoring and gave O'Neill plenty of food for thought - the lack of concentration and discipline his side showed topping his list, no doubt.
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