One aspect of Celtic’s game against Milan that seems to have been overlooked in all the talk after the Hoops lost their second game of the week was a contribution made by Ryan Christie.
As everyone knows, Christie was back in action for Celtic after having to self-isolate for a period, even though he didn’t have Covid-19.
What was maybe overlooked was the fact that Christie provided the assist for Mo Elyounoussi’s goal. His corner was a peach, planted firmly on the head of the Norwegian who headed home in style.
That was Christie’s eighth assist of the season. That is a very impressive record at such an early stage of the season.
Twice as many assists as any other player
What is maybe even more impressive is that Christie has twice as many assists as any other Celtic player. The player closest to Christie’s tally is Greg Taylor, with four.
Christie’s ability with the dead ball was badly missed for Celtic against Rangers. Would the scoreline have changed if Christie had been available for the game? Who can say. However, Celtic might well have had more threat in the game if the Hoops attacker had been available.
Firmly in manager’s thoughts to start game
Now Christie is available, and you have to think that he will be firmly in Neil Lennon’s thoughts to start the game against Aberdeen this Sunday lunchtime. He might not be fit enough to play a full 90 minutes yet. However, Christie showed in the 45 minutes he played against Milan that he can make an impact against Aberdeen, and not just from dead ball situations.
Christie could have plenty of joy for Celtic if he plays in an attacking midfield role, or even as the second striker. Most fans will hope it is the attacking midfielder role. That is where he has often been at his best for Celtic.
Celtic are slowly getting the squad that has been affected by injury and Covid-19 back together. Christie only missed one game, but it was an important one. It is good to see that he is back, and hopefully he can add to his assist tally against Aberdeen.