When Celtic take on Ross County on Saturday, one of the Hoops’ best players will not feature in the game. Ryan Christie will be starting the first of a two-match ban for his red card in the 2-0 loss to Livingston.
There is no doubt that Christie will be missed by the Hoops. He has been one of Celtic’s best players this season. His drive from the middle of the park and goalscoring ability will be something that Neil Lennon will be looking to replace in the next two league games.
However, there may be one good thing to come out of Christie’s absence. That is, that the Hoops will have identified a new set-piece taker.
One aspect of game has not impressed
It has to be said, that although Christie has many qualities, taking corners is not one of them. He has been taking Celtic’s since the start of the season, and they have not impressed for the most part.
That is why Neil Lennon should be using Christie’s absence to install a new set-piece taker in the team. Callum McGregor has taken them in the past, but perhaps a better option would be to use Odsonne Edouard.
Excellent at dead ball situations
That might not be popular with some of the Celtic support. After all, his heading abilities are well-known. However, it should also be remembered that Edouard is capable of taking an excellent free-kick. He knows how to make dead ball situations work.
Therefore, against Ross County, Edouard should be the man who takes Celtic’s corners. There will be still be players who are capable of finding the back of the net from set pieces.
Christopher Jullien, for one, has had a chance from a set piece in almost every game he has played for the Hoops so far.
So it may be a gamble to use Edouard as a set piece taker, but it could pay off for the Hoops.