24-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Celtic in win v Ross County
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three things we learned from Celtic’s 2-0 win against Ross County in Wednesday’s Premiership clash.
Ryan Christie is a gem
The 21-year-old marked just his 13th appearance for the Hoops on Wednesday evening, but he has shown signs of high potential. The young starlet produced a display of one that was much above his age. He looked assured in the centre of the park for Brendan Rodgers’ team and while some passes failed they will come with experience. Fans will now be hoping that Christie gets more time out on the pitch before eventually fulfilling his potential.
Stuart Armstrong should be axed
Armstrong got on the score sheet in the first half. However, his overall performance on Wednesday was lacking. The 24-year-old was often pedestrian in the Hoops’ midfield and he failed to connect a number of his passes. The match against Rangers at Ibrox will be fiercely contested on Saturday and if Amstrong looks weak against Ross County then he will in the Old Firm Derby against a much tougher opponent. Therefore, the midfielder should be axed from the New Years Eve clash with Nir Bitton coming back into the line-up.
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There’s no one in the Premiership who can compete with Celtic. The Hoops didn’t break out of second gear in the first half, yet they went in at the break 2-0 up. The Scottish giants are now 16 points clear of closest competitors Rangers after their draw against St Johnstone on Wednesday with a game in hand. Celtic have maintained their unbeaten league campaign after 19 fixtures and are on course to win their sixth consecutive league titles. There isn’t any competition for the Hoops in Scotland anymore and it will still take a number of years before the Gers can get on their level.
In other Celtic news, Craig Gordon has revealed how long he can continue at the Hoops.