Celtic are facing a tough opening fixture in the Europa League group stage as they square off against AC Milan. Their Old Firm loss on the weekend puts a lot of pressure on this match, but the Bhoys have been given a huge boost as Ryan Christie is available to feature tonight.
Christie returns to the Hoops squad
The Scottish midfielder was unavailable as he was deemed a close-contact to fellow Scotsman Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty. However he is now free to play for the Hoops again.
Lennon spoke on Christie’s availability and said: “We are assessing whether he will be fit to start.”
How big a boost is this for Celtic?
The 25-year-old has played 107 times for the Hoops, per Transfermarkt, scoring 35 goals and setting up another 33. The attacking midfielder has also won six trophies with the club, serving them with distinction since his arrival in 2015.
His form at the start of the 2020/21 campaign highlights why Celtic will want to keep him, as he already has seven assists and three goals in his 13 appearances this term, per Transfermarkt. These figures highlight that Neil Lennon has a vital player returning to his squad who provides both goals and creativity.
This will be much-needed against an AC Milan side who are full of confidence as they sit top of Serie A with four wins in four games.
The return of Christie is a huge boost for the club, especially with star striker Odsonne Edouard still unavailable. He will add some much-needed attacking quality on the pitch. It will also lift the morale of the squad, who struggled without him in their loss to Rangers.
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