Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie's breakthrough season gets better and better

By Connor Gordon

November 6, 2018

Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has been called up to the Scotland squad for the UEFA Nations league ties against Albania and Israel.

The 23-year-old joins fellow Celts Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor to the national squad.

Christie has shown fantastic work ethic to make both Brendan Rodgers and Alex McLeish’s teams.

How has Christie made the team?

With Rodgers looking for his side’s best left sided attacker, Christie has grasped this chance with both hands.

Christie has been at Celtic for three years and now is excelling in his breakthrough season.

Christie increases his Celtic tally at Dundee. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Christie’s rise to first team player should be inspirational to any player who isn’t playing at the moment.

Playing on the left of an attacking three has allowed Christie to score three in his last three.

Christie’s stand out performance this season so far was against Hearts in the League Cup.

Christie was involved in all three Celtic goals as he scored, assisted and won the penalty.

It wasn’t always plain sailing

Originally, Christie was coming on to replace Edouard with Moussa Dembele away to Lyon.

Christie was going to replace Dembele as back up striker. (Photo by ALEX MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

It was clear to see that the former Inverness man wasn’t a striker but he showed intent.

He had the drive and determination and didn’t let the defenders have a moment’s piece.

Christie was the perfect attacking midfielder to use his engine and get around the pitch.

Celtic spirit can work for Scotland

Playing with the Tartan Army will allow the midfielder to link up with Tierney down the left.

The other Celts involved in the squad can also easily be starters for their country. Having more players in the side with a spirit and chemistry will only help Scotland.

Alex McLeish is a man under pressure at Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McLeish’s men haven’t had the greatest Nations League campaign and must start a winning run. The Scots beat Albania at Hampden and were defeated by Israel away, and also lost friendlies to Belgium and Portugal recently.

Alex McLeish’s days are numbered so he must bring fresh faces into the side.

Should Christie continue his Celtic form, then he may save his national manager’s job.