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.
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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.