Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish thinks Ryan Christie will be the Hoops’ most crucial player today against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final, writing in his Sunday Post column.
With much of the debate pre-match centring on whether Odsonne Edouard will feature or not, you’d be excused for thinking we are a one-man team.
As we know though, Celtic have much more quality beyond the Frenchman, including a raft of Scottish talent that have that ability and motivation to really get at Steven Gerrard’s team.
For Dalglish, the player who sticks out is Christie.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, he said: “I’m more inclined to lean towards Ryan Christie as being the man who can do the most crucial bit when it comes to keeping this particular piece of silverware at Parkhead.
“It was in this very competition, at last season’s semi-final stage, that Christie arrived in a Celtic jersey.
“There is still plenty more to come from him, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him emerge as the main man today. Ryan’s movement is excellent and clever. He can find that wee bit of space in and around the penalty box.
“Rangers will do very well to stop him. But they might not be able to.”
Well-poised to shine
Despite his remarkable rise at Celtic, there is one box that Christie still hasn’t ticked off – a goal against Rangers in a Hoops jersey. He’s scored in semi-finals, finals, Europe and been remarkably consistent, but he can write a new chapter in his Celtic career today.
It would lift his hero status amongst supporters to even greater heights.
He’s well-poised to do so too. With 16 goals and 10 assists, he stands as our top scorer so far this season, ahead of Edouard and James Forrest.
Always a player to get stuck in and impose himself on matches, he should thrive in a fiery Hampden atmosphere against our closest challengers this season, just as Dalglish predicts.