Ross County man delighted not to facing Celtic's Ryan Christie

By John Reid

October 17, 2019

When Celtic return to league duty on Saturday against Ross County, they will be doing so without one of their key players.

Ryan Christie is suspended for the game following his red card in the 2-0 loss to Livingston. He will be a big loss for the Hoops, as he has been one of Celtic’s best players this season.

He has scored 11 goals from midfield. Christie has been at the heart of most of the good football the Hoops have played this season.

A player that Celtic will be up against on Saturday, Ross County’s Ross Draper, has revealed that he is delighted that he won’t come up against Christie.

“I was quite happy”

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“I’m not going to lie, I was quite happy!” Draper said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

Both players were at Inverness together, and Draper believes Christie has improved hugely since then.

“He seems to have come on leaps and bounds. He is a player I obviously know well, but he has improved so much since I played with him.”

Hoops boss will need to find a solution to player’s absence

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How Celtic deal with Christie’s absence against both Ross County and Aberdeen the following week will be up to Neil Lennon.

There is no other player at the moment in the middle of the park who can provide the goals that Christie has been for the Hoops.

That is perhaps something that will need to be addressed in the January transfer window. For the moment though, Lennon will need to hope that one of his other attacking players steps up in Christie’s absence. Should that happen, the Hoops can still thrive without one of their most important players.