Pundit Gordon Dalziel has recently criticised Ryan Christie’s approach in Celtic’s loss in the Old Firm derby.
Dalziel appeared on the latest episode of Clyde Superscoreboard and many fans called in to talk about Celtic’s defeat in the Old Firm. Dalziel talked about Christie’s approach in the game and he believes that the Scotsman summed up everything about the club.
Dalziel aimed criticism at Christie’s lack of work rate and because of that, the pundit has some sympathy for John Kennedy’s situation at the club.
Do you think Christie wants to leave?
Christie came on for Celtic in the second-half, as he replaced James Forrest. The Scotsman picked up a rating of 6.33 in the outing as well, but failed to score or assist as the Gers scored twice in the second half (As per Whoscored).
Taking Christie as an example, Dalziel urged Celtic players to do more as that seems to be letting Kennedy down.
He said (59:52): “Where it summed it up for me for Celtic today, and this is where I feel a little bit for John Kennedy because you’ve got top-class players, you look at Ryan Christie come on the park and that highlighted it.
“His desire and effort to chase [Ryan] Kent summed it for me, it really did. And I feel for a coach that’s trying to do his best there. Yes, he’s coming in for criticism. That’s part and parcel of the job, we all sign up for it. But I find sometimes your players have got to do a bit more.”
TIF Thoughts on Christie…
Only five Celtic players picked up a better rating than Christie in the game. But Christie failed to complete a dribble or come up with a key pass in the game. He couldn’t even get a shot away on goal (as per Whoscored).
Dalziel’s comments about Christie’s approach come after rumours surrounding the fact that the midfielder’s contract actually runs out in the January of 2022 and not next summer and clubs like Nice have been linked with a move for him.
So if Christie continues to carry a lackadaisical approach, it might be best for Celtic to sell him in the summer if they want to earn some fee from his sale.