Ryan Christie can use his frustrations to drive Celtic on to victory

By John Reid

February 23, 2020

Celtic attacking midfielder must be the most frustrated player at the club at the moment. After an outstanding first-half of the season, the second-half has been the definition of ‘stop-start’.

For a start, he picked up a groin injury, which as reported by the Daily Mail needed an emergency operation.

He was then handed a suspension as reported by the Scotsman, ruling him out of the start of the games after the winter break.

Banned from midweek encounter

With the Hoops on a winning run, Christie couldn’t find a place in the starting line-up. Then, when he gets back in the starting line-up, against Copenhagen, he was penalised via VAR and booked in the 1-1 draw, meaning that he will miss the second leg against the Danish side due to suspension.

Ryan Christie vs Copenhagen (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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That will continue the nature of the last month for the player. However, he can use his frustrations to spur the Hoops on to a vital win.

As Christie is out for the midweek game against Copenhagen, it seems almost certain he will start against Kilmarnock later today.

Neil Lennon might make a few changes for the game, and perhaps may rest players who are certain to start against Copenhagen.

Of course, that doesn’t apply to Christie, who will be stuck in the stand on Thursday whilst the team is trying to clinch a last 16 Europa League place.

Move to his best position will suit player

A way that Lennon can get the best out of Christie against Kilmarnock will be to use the player in his best position of advanced midfield, and not on the wing.

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

He played fairly well on the wing against Copenhagen, but it has been proven this season that he is at his best in an advanced midfield role.

A fired-up Christie, playing in his natural position, could pay dividends for the Hoops, and keep the team well clear at the top of the league.

Perhaps he will even hit his 20th goal of the season. He is currently on 18, and if he has the bit between his teeth he could easily score a couple of goals.

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