Brendan Rodgers has always had a way with words, but he pulled out another classic quote when speaking about Ryan Christie in the aftermath of Celtic’s seventh straight domestic cup final triumph.
The 23-year old was instrumental for the Hoops against his former side. He scored the only goal of the game as Celtic edged out Aberdeen 1-0. Whilst not seeing as much of the ball in this fixture, he put in the hard yards to ensure Celtic walked away with a third straight Betfred Cup.
Rodgers was full of praise for the Scotland international. The Celtic boss came out with a brilliant, but slightly bizarre, comment about the Celtic star’s dad, Charlie Christie.
As quoted by the BBC, Rodgers said: “When I first came up here, he used to be Charlie Christie’s son and now Charlie is known as Ryan Christie’s dad.”
Christie was out of his dad’s shadow a long time ago
It’s a hilarious, and slightly out of character, comment from Rodgers. One thing that could be argued, however, is that Christie emulated his dad well before the League Cup triumph.
Charlie Christie was an Inverness legend. He spent over 10 years at the club as both a manager and a player. He had a brief stint at Celtic as a player during the 80s, but failed to make a real impact. His son overtook his Celtic achievements when he broke into the Hoops first-team.
Many thought that the midfield star would suffer the same fate as his dad. Brilliant at other clubs, but Parkhead ultimately becoming too big a stage for the former Inverness man. Christie’s dad never made it to the first-team, but the League Cup winner has achieved what his father could not.
The Christie renaissance has been remarkably, as he sets out to ensure a fate different to his father’s.
His impact on games is becoming larger and larger, and now he may have a hand in keeping Scott Brown out of this near immaculate Celtic side.
Christie is finally living out not just his dream, but his father’s dream also. He is now a mainstay in this Celtic side. His work-rate is terrific and his ability to perform in the big games is even better.