Ryan Christie’s response to Rangers’ taunts were sharp and witty this afternoon.
The Celtic attacker missed Sunday’s Glasgow derby after being clattered by Aberdeen’s Dominic Ball in last month’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Christie’s season is over, and attention for him will turn to getting back fit for pre-season and, eventually, the Champions League qualifiers.
But just like the rest of us, he was a keen spectator of Sunday’s Glasgow derby. Rangers deservedly won the game, and their players have been letting us know about it too. Both Wes Foderingham and James Tavernier went onto social media to state that “Glasgow is Blue”. That’s despite the fact they’ve won nothing for a third consecutive season.
Christie’s side, meanwhile, are going for their ninth consecutive domestic trophy next Sunday. He decided today to give the likes of Tavernier and Foderingham a reminder of it too. Speaking at a press conference today via the Daily Record, Christie had a pop back at Ibrox.
“It all gets blown out of proportion, especially after Old Firm games.
“You saw that with a couple of comments – that Glasgow is blue. But we’re going into the last two weeks with a trophy day and a Cup Final to look forward to. They certainly don’t have that.
“At the weekend, Glasgow will certainly be green and white.”
Next season’s derby is shaping up to be a cracker
These are bullish words from Christie. The comments clearly irked him unlike fellow attacker James Forrest. Forrest earlier was happy to shrug off the boasts from Ibrox and concentrate on the cup final.
But considering Christie is sidelined for the Hearts games, he doesn’t have to be so concentrated on preparation. And his boasts to Ibrox, whilst brilliant, is helping to set up a terrific match between Rangers and Celtic next season when they meet for the first time.
Christie, however, isn’t wrong either. He’s spot on to point out Celtic’s achievements and the fact there could be more to come this season. It’s a sign of Rangers’ inconsistency that they can’t boast something similar.
That doesn’t mean they won’t be a threat next season though. The pressure may be off, but Steven Gerrard’s side are still playing some good stuff. If they sort out their mentality and bottle, there could easily be a closer race than this season when it comes to next term.
But until they do, it would be wise for those down Ibrox way to keep their mouths shut. You would think by now that Tavernier, for example, would’ve learned a lesson in firing up rivals.
In any case, we’re all set for another intriguing season next year.