Ryan Christie expecting tough challenge against Motherwell

By Hamish Carton

August 10, 2019

Ryan Christie admits it can be a struggle for Celtic to get to grips with opposition teams in the early part of the season.

The Hoops travel to Motherwell this weekend, aiming to make it two wins from two in the Premiership. Neil Lennon’s side thumped St. Johnstone 7-0 on the opening weekend but they’re sure to find it harder against a new-look ‘Well side.

Stephen Robinson has signed ten players so far this summer and the recruitment seems to have worked a treat thus far. They’ve won four of their five competitive matches this season and are yet to conceded a single goal.

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And Christie thinks it will be a tough encounter in Lanarkshire.

“I think at the start of the season everyone wants to prove how good they can be,” he told the official Celtic YouTube channel. (8 mins)

“It can be difficult going into games like this at the start of the season when you don’t really know how teams have developed and how they’re playing yet.

“It will be hard going away from home but with it being early in the season we want to get off to a really good start in our domestic campaign.

“We need to go to these places and hopefully pick up points.”

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Christie makes an interesting point about Motherwell

Celtic know little about Motherwell but the same can be said the other way round. When the Hoops last faced the Steelmen, Brendan Rodgers was in charge. Now we have a more direct way of playing and it should suit us at tight away grounds like Fir Park.

Rodgers only won one of his four clashes at the stadium in his time in charge, and that victory saw Celtic scoring in the last minute.

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Lennon’s record in his first spell as Hoops boss wasn’t much better. He won five of his nine visits to Fir Park, drawing one and losing three times. It was a bit of a bogey ground for the Northern Irishman but it is worth pointing out that the Steelmen were challenging at the top of the league during that period.

It promises to be a challenging afternoon for Celtic.