Ryan Christie’s chance to impress looks set to occur tonight as Scotland get set to face Belgium.
The European qualifier is a must-win for the Scots as they take on the best-ranked side in world football. And, according to the Scottish Sun, Christie is set to come in from the cold to start the contest.
The attacking-midfielder wasn’t part of the team that started Friday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Russia. Scotland seriously missed Christie’s flair in the final third. It was a bemusing decision from manager Steve Clarke to leave him out in the first place, and it’s fair to say Scotland suffered for it.
Granted, Christie did come on in the second half against the Russians, and he did create one or two openings when called upon.
It’s debatable as to whether Scotland have a creative talent better than Christie. He’s the man in-form, and it’s clear Scotland were made to pay for not selecting him against Russia.
Ryan Christie’s chance to shine won’t be an easy one
Of course, nobody is saying that starting Christie against Belgium will change too much. They are, after all, one of the best sides in world football. Tonight won’t be an easy chance for Christie to make an impact.
But it’s a good sign that Clarke is willing to hand him his spot in the team back. It will be interesting to see whose expense this comes at.
Scotland started with Callum McGregor, Scott McTominay, and John McGinn in the midfield against Russia. McTominay was the least impressive of the three. With a bit of luck, he’ll be the one to drop out. Although, given his natural tendency to sit deep, Clarke could want to keep him in there.
It’s going to be a tough, tough night for Scotland this evening. The Belgians won’t be giving anything away for free, but it could also be a chance for Christie to cement his spot for Scotland.
Other apparent changes for tonight could see Matt Phillips, Kenny McLean, and Robert Snodgrass all come in (Scottish Sun).