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As soon as a mini rebirth takes place in Celtic, it seemingly comes to a halt with disastrous consequences.
Truth be told, his form has been pretty good lately. Neil Lennon had scored five straight SPFL victories, but after the Rangers’ 4-1 win on Saturday, it meant the Gers just needed Seven points to secure the title.
His offer was made even easier by what happened in Dingwall a few hours later.
Celtic collapsed once again and, in doing so, gave a victory to the last team in the league, Ross County. It was just his seventh of the campaign, as they both jumped to Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
Their 1-0 loss was a shock, but the Hoops’ performance was not. They lacked composure in front of goal and it was no wonder they failed to score.
One man typified that in a hideous way; Ryan Christie.
The winger has been incredibly poor lately and has only scored once in his last 23 outputs. On Sunday, he didn’t come close. In fact, if you found a soccer ball in your backyard on Monday morning, it likely came from Christie’s boot.
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He seemed desperate and reckless in front of goal, rejecting regular opportunities to find the net. The worst came after 36 minutes. Odsonne Edouard came down the left channel and put the ball on a plate for Christie. He was on his favorite foot and from just a few yards, it seemed easier to score. Instead, he threw the ball not only over the bar but also outside the stadium.
That turned out to be the fourth worst tally of any Celtic player, something that underscores his devilish night at Victoria Park. Christie was also weak in the challenge, winning only 14.2% of the defensive duels in which he competed.
Christie has been a problem for months and this kind of performance will not have made life at Parkhead any easier. Last quarter, he was regularly Neil Lennon’s man of reference, scoring twenty times in all competitions.
This season, however, he has been a shadow of his old self. Celtic should definitely charge if the interest continues next summer.