It is fair to say that Celtic weren’t at their best in the Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers. The Hoops were heavily indebted to Fraser Forster who turned in one of his best ever Celtic performances in the 1-0 victory.
For large spells of the game, many of Celtic’s stars of the season found it difficult to have an impact on the game. That is certainly true of Ryan Christie. The Hoops midfielder has been brilliant this season. However, as he admitted after the game, he didn’t have his best performance of the season.
He did still make a huge contribution to the win though, as it was his cross which was steered home by Christopher Jullien for the game’s only goal.
“Only thing I did”
“I think my assist was the only thing I did in the game. It was the toughest final we’ve played in” he said, as reported by the Scotsman.
“We’re honest enough to say that we were nowhere near our best on Sunday in terms of the fast-flowing attacking football that everyone is so used to from us.”
Win was more important than performance
It could be said that circumstances dictated that Celtic were not at their best in the final. The lack of a proper striker in the starting line-up was a problem for the start. However, the Hoops still managed to grind out the win, which was the most important thing.
Christie’s remarkable honestly is good to see, although he is slightly playing down how well he played in the second-half when the Hoops were reduced to 10 men.
He did an excellent job holding the ball up at times, and helping Celtic when throw-ins and keep possession. Christie will be hoping that when Celtic play Rangers at the end of the month he has more of an impact on the game. However, he has nothing to be upset about over his performance. He helped Celtic win the cup, and that matters more than anything.