Father of Celtic star Ryan Christie, Charlie, was doing live radio co-commentary for BBC Scotland today and yelled “Yes!” as his son scored the Hoops’ second goal of the day against Ross County (01/12 BBC Radio Scotland, 12:37).
The 24-year-old was in exceptional form for Neil Lennon’s side this afternoon, scoring a first-half double to send us on our way to a 4-1 victory.
It means he has now moved clear as our top scorer, on 15 for the season, ahead of James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, both of whom remain on 13.
With nine assists too, Christie was undoubtedly been one of our best players of 2019/20 so far.
Charlie Christie was obviously delighted with what he witnessed and also gave some insight into what he’s tried to teach the attacking midfielder and how Lennon using him wide allows the player to exploit defenders.
As quoted by BBC Scotland (01/12 live match page, 12:40 & 12:57), he said: “The County boys are claiming for an offside, but they are not strong claims. Ryan prefers playing more centrally, but when he is out there, he does make those runs out to in and it’s difficult for defenders to track.
“The one thing I tell Ryan every night before a game is to keep having shots on goal and not do anything too fancy. As an attacking midfield player, that’s what you want and, if you keep buying a ticket, one of them is going to go in.”
Cup final hero?
Christie first burst onto the Celtic scene in a major way during last season’s League Cup campaign, first shining in the semi-final against Hearts before scoring the only goal in the final against Aberdeen.
He’s now well placed to be one of our heroes during next week’s clash against Rangers at Hampden. The player has yet to score against our rivals for the Hoops and a derby goal would only solidify his favourite status amongst the Celtic supporter.
Obviously nothing can be taken for granted in the cup final, Steven Gerrard’s side can’t be underestimated, but if I was the opposition I wouldn’t fancy facing Christie in this kind of form.
We’ll all be hoping he can claim his latest victim next Sunday.