Ryan Christie’s Scotland performance may have been satisfactory for many, but not for the player himself.
The Celtic attacker impressed many supporters with his work-rate in last night’s 4-0 mauling off Belgium at Hampden. Christie was one of the only players to get Scotland into some good areas, and it was clear he was a handful for the Red Devils.
However, despite that, Christie still failed to make an impact on the game itself. Belgium still strolled to victory, and even though his performance was decent enough, he wasn’t pleased with it himself.
According to comments in The National, Christie believes he can do better.
“It’s nice to get voted man of the match but it’s not really lifted my spirits. I wasn’t really happy with my performance at all. When you get the ball in good areas against these teams, you need to make it count.
“I didn’t have enough shots or create enough chances – but that’s on me and the other attacking boys.
“In the first 15 minutes, I was getting it in good areas but not really causing a threat. It’s on us to create more chances in the final third.”
Christie clearly keen to shoulder responsibility
It says plenty about Christie that, despite what was a decent enough performance, he’s still not satisfied with it. He’s still yet to score for Scotland, and that seems to be something that’s on his mind too.
But if everyone is being truthful – Christie was nowhere near the man to blame for yesterday’s result. He did all he could in the match, and didn’t get enough support from the players around him.
Christie isn’t good enough to just waltz through the Belgium defence without any help. That’s not his style. He needs the players around him to be on it and sharp too. You can seriously question as to whether that was the case last night.
The likes of Robert Snodgrass and Matt Phillips just didn’t do enough to make things happen. But even so, it shows great maturity from Christie that his man-of-the-match award means little to him.
The Celtic man needs to pick himself up ahead of a huge few weeks at Parkhead. The next international break comes around next month. Matches against Russia and San Marino will provide Christie with another chance to perform the way he feels he can.
But, as for last night, he’s shouldering too much responsibility if he blames himself for the lack of a goal threat throughout the game.