Ryan Christie is aiming for eight-point Celtic gap over Rangers by end of year

By John McGinley

December 19, 2019

Celtic star Ryan Christie says his team are entirely focused on winning the final three matches of 2019, stating that any pressure is now on others’ shoulders, The Scottish Sun report.

Neil Lennon’s Bhoys play Aberdeen on Saturday, St Mirren on Boxing Day and then Rangers on December 29th before the winter break kicks in.

If Celtic win all three matches and pick up maximum points, we will be at least a massive eight points clear of Steven Gerrard’s outfit, albeit having played a game more.

After a routine win over Hearts at Tynecastle, in which Christie scored, that’s now the big aim for the attacking midfielder.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 24-year-old said: “We are very focused on ourselves right now. If we win the onus is on everyone else. That’s all we can do.

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“The pressure is on everyone else. We’ve got three massive games from now to the break and we want three wins and nine points.

“That would put us in a good place for the rest of the season.”

Celtic star Ryan Christie / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Lennon machine marches on

Celtic’s consistency in domestic action right now is quite remarkable. Since the shock defeat to Livingston in October we’ve managed to win every single match in Scottish football.

That’s a winning run that now stands at 11, between the Scottish Premiership and League Cup.

As Christie mentions, it has put pressure on others, chiefly Rangers.

Gerrard’s team travel to Easter Road for a tricky match against Jack Ross’ Hibs knowing that if they drop points, the gap by the end of the year could run into double figures.

We’re starting to turn the screw and we’re navigating some of our traditionally toughest tests with ease. Last night’s win is about as comfortable as it gets at Tynecastle, even if we probably should have scored more.

With a home game on Saturday and a match against relegation-threatened St Mirren on Boxing Day, six points is a real possibility before the derby.

Then it will all be about playing much better than at Hampden.