Sections of the Celtic support aren’t particularly pleased with Ryan Christie’s performance against Valencia.
The attacking-midfielder played as a number 10 last night. Playing just in front of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, Christie had minimal impact in the 2-0 first-leg Parkhead defeat.
It was a disappointing night all-round. Christie was by no means close to being the only player that didn’t play to his full potential. But given the responsibility he had just in behind Oliver Burke, he failed to ignite anything.
Sections of the supporters have been letting him know too on social media. Just a short period after the disappointing defeat, fans voiced their opinions on Twitter. Here’s just some of the reaction:
Pass marks for me??mcgregor probably for the simple fact he wanted the ball and tried to make things happen! came to the theory that Ryan Christie is spfl standard think the boy touched the ball 3 times, aw well 10 in a row will have to do😉🍀
— michael o'friel (@mickofriel1) February 14, 2019
We can talk about Izzy aw night – who is mince. But our midfield were rotten.
Scott Brown bypassed and Calum McGregor with his poorest performance this season. Ryan Christie offered hee haw too.
— Cal (@CMacCeltic) February 14, 2019
Working on the Ryan Christie missing poster now
— Claire🍀 (@_clairebradley) February 14, 2019
Ryan Christie – 2 big games, 2 terrible performances. Another waste of a new contract.
— Mackington Steele (@Mackin83) February 14, 2019
Burke is not a centre forward no matter what Rodgers says. Edouard should have started and weah for Christie who is living off 4 games last year
— davie mac (@daviemac79) February 14, 2019
Brown, Christie and McGregor shown up big time, Valencia sadly a class apart from us, like it or not we are simply not good enough at this level!
— Ge (@gebhoyfitzy) February 14, 2019
Christie and mcgregor totally found out tonight no were near Europe players , good in spl
— Paul Rodgers (@p19rodg) February 14, 2019
Brown winning the ball but giving it away needlessly. McGregor posted missing. Christie finding out this is another level above what he's used to
— Herrflick (@michaelmcp) February 14, 2019
Not the only one to underperform on a disappointing night
Christie was awful, and the supporters are right to have a go. He had a big responsibility last night to provide some service for Oliver Burke. In that sense, he failed in convincing fashion.
Yet, it’s also fair to say he was nowhere near the only one. The likes of Callum McGregor, Scott Brown, Scott Sinclair, and Emilio Izaguirre all had shockers. On the ball, there was a strong lack of movement in the final third, and Christie has to take his fair share of that.
But Celtic’s approach to the game certainly didn’t help either. Brendan Rodgers has been trying to integrate a patient style of possession at Celtic. This seems to often involve playing it around the back for long spells and waiting for space to open up.
The problem last night, however, was that the ball was too often shifted to the wing-backs. When they received it, they simply looked to play it back to the defence. The defence would then play it to Brown, who just gave it back to the wing-backs.
There was a lack of imagination throughout the squad, and therefore aiming any form of significant blame at Christie’s door is unfair.
He’s proven in the past he can compete at this level. His display against Leipzig at Parkhead was ferocious and energetic.
Unfortunately, he just couldn’t replicate that tonight when Celtic needed him to. But he’s not on his own.