Michael Stewart has identified Ryan Christie as Celtic’s main man, and the player that could decide the outcome of the huge Premiership clash against Hibernian at Easter Road, the Scottish Sun reports.
Christie was brilliant for Scotland in the recent international fixtures, becoming a national hero for his goal against Serbia.
Now Stewart, a regular pundit on Celtic TV, has tipped the 25-year-old to make the difference at Easter Road. Indeed, Stewart has claimed that he expects something positive to happen every time Christie gets on the ball.
“The main man”
“The main man for Lennon’s men has to be Ryan Christie. He has been in fantastic form of late. When he gets the ball, you just expect something to happen” Stewart said, writing in his column in the Scottish Sun.
“His stunning strike set Celtic up for their Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Hampden. Games like this, which could end up balanced on a knife edge, are the ones he can decide” Stewart concluded.
There is no doubt that Christie is currently in an excellent run of form. However, Neil Lennon and Celtic won’t want to become over reliant on the player. The Hoops boss will want other players to pitch in as well.
However, if Christie want the ball, then Celtic would be better off letting the player have it. As Stewart says, he gets things done.
Could be the difference-maker
In a close game, which the match against Hibernian could well be, Christie could indeed be the difference-maker.
The player might be fatigued after a week in which he played three games for Scotland, but don’t expect Neil Lennon to think about resting Christie. He has too much to offer, especially when Celtic are in need of points to put the pressure on Rangers.
Hopefully Christie is able to keep up his excellent run of form with a cracking display at Easter Road. He could be the catalyst for what would be a massive three points.