Celtic further strengthened their position at the top of the Premiership on Sunday after coming from behind to defeat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Parkhead, having also been given a helping hand elsewhere.
An early Eamonn Brophy penalty gave the visitors a surprise lead but two goals in five minutes near the half-hour mark swung the match in the home side’s favour, with Kristoffer Ajer’s equaliser soon followed up by Odsonne Edouard’s 25th goal of the season. After Alan Power was sent off in the second half, Leigh Griffiths added the Hoops’ third goal of the afternoon in the 62nd minute and that win, coupled with Rangers drawing at St Johnstone, leaves the champions 12 points clear at the summit. [via BBC]
That was despite the early setback for Celtic and they could easily have been in arrears before Brophy’s penalty were it not for Ryan Christie, who made a telling contribution at both ends on Sunday. As noted by Glasgow Times writer Graeme McGarry, he made a vital block from Nicke Kabamba in the opening seconds. The Hoops midfielder, their second highest scorer this season with 18 goals, later contributed his 16th assist of the season and his third in his last five Premiership appearances as it was his run to the bye-line and subsequent cutback which set up Griffiths to make it 3-1 (as per BBC).
In the Glasgow Times, McGarry hailed a “great all-round performance” from Christie, who turned 25 last Saturday. The 4th Official writer Abhinab Ghosh also praised the midfielder’s display, describing him as “a constant menace for the Killie defenders” and adding that he “created several goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates”.
Considering that he has 34 goal contributions from 40 appearances this season, it may seem surprising that Sunday’s match was Christie’s first Premiership start in 2020, having come off the bench in each of the Hoops’ previous four league games (as per TransferMarkt). After his early, potentially goal-saving heroics and his clever play in setting up Griffiths’ goal, the 25-year-old has every right to expect a string of starts for Neil Lennon’s side on the basis of his fine performance against Kilmarnock.
Celtic fans, were you impressed with Christie against Kilmarnock? Do you think he should be starting regularly for the Hoops? Have your say by commenting below!
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