Neil Lennon wasn’t happy with the lack of rest Ryan Christie received during the international break, the Daily Record reports.
Christie was the only Celtic player involved in the Scotland squad who started all three of the recent internationals.
“Well he (Steve Clarke) didn’t rest Ryan – that didn’t please me. It was three 90 minutes in six days which is a big ask for any individual” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
However, Lennon’s comments make sense when he disclosed to the Glasgow Times that Christie suffered an injury during international duty, which thankfully he has recovered from.
“Had a bump on his thigh”
“Ryan is fine, he had a bit of a bump on his thigh but has trained and is okay” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It’s maybe a time to keep him going, I’m sure down the line you’ll need to rest him or change things up, but I don’t feel the need to do that at the moment” he concluded.
It is no wonder that Lennon wasn’t best pleased that Christie started the three games. Especially when you consider that as the manager says, the player picked up an injury which he has thankfully overcome.
That might be a tribute to how important Christie has become to Scotland though. Steve Clarke can’t consider leaving him out of Scotland’s games.
Stood out over three games
Indeed, Christie was one of Scotland’s best players over the three games. He really should have scored more goals but other than that he was excellent.
Neil Lennon will be hoping that Christie can take this Scotland form into his Celtic performances, starting against Hibernian.
If Christie can keep up the form he showed for the national team, then the Hoops will have a real chance of picking up the three points at Easter Road. It is a real relief that his thigh injury isn’t a serious one.