Ryan Christie will be looking to end an unlikely goal drought when Celtic face Rennes on Thursday evening.
The 24-year-old, who couldn’t stop scoring at the start of the season, has now gone eight games for club and country without finding the net. Thankfully, Celtic have won all six of the matches the midfielder has failed to score in, with his last strike actually coming in the game we lost against Cluj.
But you can bet that the former Aberdeen man is well aware that he could be doing with registering a goal soon. Christie has always been a player who likes to chip in from midfield and his recent slump will have irritated himself.
Christie could do with a good display against Rennes
In truth, his overall level of performance has taken a dip over the past few weeks. That was probably always going to be the case given the stand-out displays he produced in the early part of the season. Yet it is still noticeable that he hasn’t quite hit his previous heights.
One positive is that he has still contributed in two of our biggest recent games. The Scotland international’s work rate was superb away to both AIK and Rangers and the same level of effort will be required against Rennes in Brittany.
Christie so often sets the tempo for his teammates with the way he hunts down the ball. If he can do that at Roazhon Park then it may unsettle the Ligue 1 side a little.
If he can score, or even assist a goal, then that would be even better. With Tom Rogic now fit and hunting a spot in the first-team there is little margin for error.