Celtic continue their winning form after delivering a 4-0 demolishing to St Mirren on the road last night. The emphatic win is their third consecutive victory and they have scored ten goals in the last three matches.
After a difficult season which sees them in Rangers’ shadow, these wins will be hugely appreciated by both the team and the fans. Neil Lennon has been experimenting with his squad in the back-end of this 2020/21 season. He has taken punts on the likes of Ismaila Soro and Stephen Welsh, as well as integrating summer signing David Turnbull into a regular first team performer.
But with Lennon’s decisions to rotate his squad, players like Ryan Christie have been demoted to substitute status. Last night though, the Scotland international contributed a solid performance from off the bench and was arguably one of Celtic’s star performers.
Despite being a stalwart in the Hoops engine room, the 25-year-old has somewhat slipped down the pecking order amid the recent Lennon shuffles. Christie has just three goalscoring contributions in his last ten appearances (two goals and one assist) and because of this, many fans have turned against him.
A lot of Bhoys supporters have aired their frustrations over his inconsistent performances in recent months, taking to social media to lambast the midfielder. However, his cameo appearance against St Mirren may have won a lot of his doubters over.
According to Sofascore, Christie popped up with Celtic’s third goal of the match and kept a 91% passing accuracy. For comparison, this was considerably higher than any of the midfielders to start the match, as well as his amount of clearances (2) compared to Scott Brown, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor with 1.
Despite their disappointing season, it is hugely important that Celtic have depth in their squad. The £8,000 per week creator has proven he is a dangerous option coming off the bench and his influence doesn’t go unnoticed.
Chris Sutton recently wrote in his Daily Record column that he thought Christie was a “manager’s dream” with an impressive attitude. Because of this, he will always be a potential game-changer for Celtic and those fans who have criticised him will be forced to eat humble pie as long as he is performing.
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