Ryan Christie expects Celtic to have to work hard to defeat Hibernian

By John Reid

December 13, 2019

Celtic’s Ryan Christie will be hoping to return to action when the Hoops play Hibs in the Premiership on Sunday. Christie was left out of the side which lost to Cluj on Thursday, but will most likely be back in the team for the all-important league clash.

The Hoops midfielder isn’t expecting an easy game against Jack Ross’ team. He wants all at Celtic Park to aim for a ‘big push’ to ensure that the Bhoys stay top of the league.

“A tough fixture”

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“Whether you’re playing Hibs home or away, I’m sure Sunday will be a tough fixture, and we need a big push from everyone” he said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account.

Christie is correct about the fixture being a tough one. Hibs are one of only two teams the Hoops have dropped points against in the league this season.

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The teams drew 1-1 at Easter Road in October, in a game which saw Christie score Celtic’s equaliser. Celtic arguably should have been awarded two penalties in the game, but it wasn’t to be.

Now the Hoops face a tough-looking game against a Hibs team who have improved under recently appointed manager Jack Ross.

Players deserved to be rested for Cluj game

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Neil Lennon did the correct thing in resting so many players for the game against Cluj. As the Hoops had already qualified for the later stages of the Europa League, the majority of first-team starters earned their day off.

Now the Hoops face a total of five league games in 14 days, which could define the title race. 15 points from those games would give the Hoops at least an eight point lead over Rangers at the top of the Premiership table.

That is what the Hoops must be aiming for, to win every game up until the winter break. That will need a series of big performances from the team, starting with the game against Hibs. As Christie says, a ‘big push’ is required.