Exclusive: McNamara claims shock sight at Parkhead 'good news' for Lennon and Celtic


Jackie McNamara has admitted he was surprised to see Ryan Christie take Celtic’s penalty against Nomme Kalju with Leigh Griffiths on the pitch.

The former Hoops ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he expected the Scotland striker to be handed the chance to break his extended period without a competitive goal when Christie won a spot-kick just before half-time in their 5-0 victory.

However, it was the attacking midfielder who took the penalty himself, Griffiths going on to score four minutes later with a wicked free-kick.

McNamara admitted he was taken aback by the 24-year-old taking charge, although admitted it was a good sign for manager Neil Lennon moving forward.

Speaking of Christie’s spot kick, McNamara told Football Insider: “I was a little shocked by that with Griffiths on the park, Griffiths usually takes them.

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“He took it well, he was confident to take it. He took his penalty well and the good news is for Neil is that he has options.

“The important thing for Neil is that they do not get too carried away. This is a team from Estonia that they should be beating.” 

Christie has enjoyed a wonderful start to Celtic’s long season, netting three goals in as many games, as well as chalking up two assists.

He played 38 times for the Hoops last season and has a total of 54 appearances under his belt for the Glasgow giants.

In other Celtic news, McNamara claims that Neil Lennon has held successful clear-the-air talks with one man at Parkhead.