Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon lavished praise on attacker Ryan Christie, after the player marked his return from injury with a goal.

Christie returned after over a month out with a thigh injury to score the Hoops’ second goal in the 2-0 win over St Mirren.

It was the player’s 11th goal of the season, and Lennon is delighted that he is back in the side.

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“Ryan brings a lot to the team” Lennon told the Evening Times.

“Gave us a big lift”

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“There was spark, creativity and a bit pizzazz. He makes things happen and his enthusiasm gave us a big lift.”

Celtic certainly looked like a different team with Christie on the park. The second-half had been a slog until Christie provided the spark.

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Celtic won’t want to rush him back from injury. But there is an argument to be made that the player should start from now on.

Ideal game to start in

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Saturday’s game against Livingston could be the ideal match to play him from the start in. Give Christie an hour, then take him off with the Scottish Cup semi-final in mind.

Christie has been one of Celtic’s players of the season. Having him back in the side for the run-in is a huge boost going forward.

Arguably Celtic have been at their best this season when Christie has been in the side. There is no chance that can’t happen once more between now and the end of the season.

 

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