RYAN CHRISTIE tried to stay diplomatic when he was asked about the current state of play when it comes to Celtic’s penalty taker.
Olivier Ntcham stepped up on Wednesday night against St Mirren and had his effort saved and a rebound hitting off the bar. This has given way to debate on who should take the penalties going forward and asked if he would be up for taking the responsibility, Christie was more than happy to do this.
“I’ve only taken one and that was against Hearts at 4-0 up in the last minute, so there wasn’t a lot of pressure on that one!” he told CelticTV. “I’m happy to take penalties if called upon.
“To be fair, I’d have put money on Oli scoring against St Mirren, it’s actually a good save. There are plenty of the boys in the squad happy to step up and take a penalty.”
It was the midfielder who came on as a substitution in the second half at St Mirren Park and put the game to bed with a great run and finish.
Celtic and set pieces are not something that goes hand in hand nowadays. It appears as if we do little to no training on them which is probably not the case but the scoring rate from free kicks, corners and pens cannot be that great at this point – especially corners!
I doubt Ntcham will relinquish the penalty taking duties without a fight..