It’s rarely dull when Ryan Christie faces Aberdeen at Hampden Park.
The Celtic attacker has had both ups and downs while facing his former side in Mount Florida, and he may well be the one to watch this time too.
Sunday will be the fifth time we’ve faced Derek McInnes’ men at the National Stadium in the space of four years.
Christie was on the Dons’ books for the most famous of those – Tom Rogic’s Scottish Cup final in 2017.
The Scotland international was on loan at Pittodrie, and unable to play in the match as a result, although he would soon make up for lost time.
After making his mark in the semi-final of the 2018 Betfred Cup, Christie repeated the feat in the final, netting the winner in a 1-0 success over the Dons.
His clinical lifted finish after an impeccable pass from Dedryck Boyata helped Brendan Rodgers’ men on to a seventh domestic trophy on the spin.
But months later, now under Neil Lennon, Christie’s was to get a real Hampden low as he suffered multiple facial injuries after a sickening clash with Dom Ball.
Christie missed the remainder of that season – but has gone on to new heights since returning.
So as he prepares to take on the Dons at Hampden once again, chances are that the story could once again surround him.
Christie netted from the penalty spot in our 3-3 draw against Aberdeen – his first goal against the Pittodrie side since that Hampden final back in late 2018.
The story is never too far away from Ryan Christie in any game. But Hampden clashes against Aberdeen especially.