NEIL LENNON has revealed a training plan for Ryan Christie has been given in order to prepare him for the vital fixtures coming up for the Scottish Champions. The 25-year-old will play a part in Saturday’s game against Rangers after being identified as a close contact when Stuart Armstrong tested positive.
Speaking to the Celtic View, Lennon has admitted that Coronavirus has wreaked havoc with his preparations for the Rangers game; however, he is planning for matches after that with a training plan designed to keep Christie fit.
“I’ve spoken to all of the boys and they are all in good spirits. Ryan is obviously self-isolating, but we had a treadmill sent up to him and he’s been doing workouts in the house. Ultimately, we want the guys to rest, get well and we’ll welcome them back into the fold with open arms when they’re ready in a couple of weeks.”
Christie tested negative when tested but he and Kieran Tierney were identified as close contacts to ex-Celtic team mate Armstrong. The pair protested claiming they had adhered to social distancing and protocols.
Christie tested positive a week ago and will be isolating for another week but it is likely that the AC Milan fixture will come too soon for him next week. Celtic face a trip to Pittodrie on the Sunday before a trip to Lille the following Thursday in what is a brutal week for the men in Hoops.
Celtic have lost Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton for the game on Saturday. However, Odsonne Edouard won’t be able to return to Lennoxtown until Friday meaning that he is a major doubt for the top of the table clash.