The champagne will have to be kept on ice for a little longer at Celtic after their disappointing draw to Livingston. Neil Lennon’s side will now have to wait at least two weeks before they can actually put their hands on the Scottish Premiership title for the eighth season in a row.
Although Lennon only took over in February, he will be able to take some credit as he has managed to come up with some important results. Ryan Christie is another individual who can take some credit as he has excelled in what could be described as a breakout season for him at the Hoops, however, it could have been a very different story for the midfielder in the summer.
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Lennon has admitted to The Telegraph that he tried to sign Christie in the summer when he was still manager of Hibernian.
The Northern Irishman revealed he wanted to bring the 24-year-old to Easter Road as a possible replacement for John McGinn, who eventually ended up at Aston Villa despite heavy links with Celtic.
“I tried to get Ryan to Hibs at the start of the season before he made his impact here,” he said. “There was talk of John McGinn signing for Celtic and we were very keen to take Ryan to Hibs. It’s obviously worked out well for him and I’m looking forward to see more of him on the pitch.”
It would not have appeared that Christie’s career at Celtic was too promising at the start of the campaign, however, he took the opportunity presented to him by Brendan Rodgers and has turned into a key member of the squad.
Admittedly, and despite being named man of the match, he had a quiet game against Livingston at the weekend, however, he had netted his ninth goal of the season against St. Mirren in midweek and has four assists to his name as the Bhoys look guaranteed to secure their eight Scottish Premiership title in a row.
The 24-year-old has just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, however, his recent performances will have shown exactly why Lennon wanted to take him to Hibernian in the summer.
Christie has become a clear favourite with the fans at Parkhead this season with his contributions to the side, so if Lennon secures employment at another club in the future, it might be even more difficult to bring the midfielder with him.
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