Ryan Christie helped guide Scotland to a monumental win over Serbia in a shock match that had the nation in tears. After his strike put the Tartan Army ahead in the second half, Luka Jovic struck in the dying embers of the match to force extra time. The Scots showed they had the bottle as they ran out victorious following a tense penalty shootout.
History was made as Christie delivered an emotional post-match talk, celebrating Scotland’s long 23-year absence from major tournaments.
Following Christie’s goal, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Dominik Diamond paid tribute to Celtic boss Neil Lennon for playing the 25-year-old as a forward during his recent experimental lineups.
All down to tactical genius Neil Lennon playing Ryan Christie as a forward. Take a bow, Neil!
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) November 12, 2020
A new role for Christie at Celtic?
The Hoops have been struggling with inconsistent performances this season as their Europa League campaign continues to disappoint. They have fallen out of favour of another Premiership title too, as Rangers currently sit nine points ahead of them in the table.
Lennon has made it clear that he doesn’t have much faith in Leigh Griffiths, who has started just one game so far this term. He has contributed three goals so far, all from off the bench and despite Odsonne Edouard’s dip in form, it seems the manager still won’t deploy the Scotsman in his starting XI.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has undoubtedly been the club’s best performing forward this season, bringing in ten goals and four assists from 18 games played (via Transfermarkt). However, the Norwegian is only with the Hoops on loan and will be headed back to Southampton unless the club make his move permanent.
Should they lose him next summer, Christie’s goalscoring ability and newfound eye for winning huge games could be crucial for Lennon moving forwards. The midfielder, who is currently earning just £7,700 per week, may be relied on to replace Elyounoussi and Edouard, who continues to attract attention from elite level clubs.
If this is the case, he’s certainly proven that he has the ability to step up to the plate.
In other news, Celtic made the correct decision by not signing Leeds’ Luke Ayling…
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