If things weren’t bad enough already at Celtic, their 2-2 draw with Livingston on Wednesday just about summed everything up.
Celtic did well to come back from 1-0 down but a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas equaliser on the hour mark condemned them to yet more dropped points. Furthermore, Scott Brown was sent off late in the game.
The Scot clearly hasn’t been at the races this term and this was yet another example of his foolishness. For someone that’s the club captain, he should know better.
The Hoops are enduring a horrid season and are very quickly surrendering their grasp on the SPFL title.
It doesn’t bode well that even their best performers are now failing to get the job done. That was the story for Ryan Christie who put in a dismal showing on Wednesday evening.
Christie came up with a golden moment in the Scottish Cup final, curling one in from long range, but beyond that, he has been poor in the last few months.
This was the nadir of his season so far, putting in a display that typified his own struggles as much as his team’s.
The Scotland international surrendered possession far too easily for Livi’s opener and it didn’t get much better for him. He lost the ball on 17 occasions throughout the match, the fifth-worst tally of anyone on the Celtic team.
Furthermore, the 25-year-old failed to provide his usual threat in the final third. He completed just one of his two crosses and didn’t manage a single dribble. Those statistics were down from his season averages of two successful crosses per game and 1.6 dribbles per match.
Writing in his post-match thoughts, David Oliver from The Scotsman said: “Not in the game nearly enough and a shadow of the Scotland hero of last year.”
Indeed, this has been a poor start to the year for Christie, someone who offered so much last term.
Many of Celtic’s players are letting Lennon down at the moment, and Christie is one of the chief suspects. There needs to be a considerable improvement from their attacking dynamo.