Ryan Christie keeps the media guessing with goal target admission

By Hamish Carton

December 18, 2019

Ryan Christie admits he has set a goal target for this season – but he won’t be telling anyone anytime soon.

The former Aberdeen man registered goal number 17 of the season in Wednesday’s victory over Hearts. Ten of those strikes have come in the Premiership while he’s also chipped in with five league assists.

And despite being delighted with how things are going, he says he won’t be revealing his magic number to anybody.

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“It’s my job as an attacking player to score and create goals, especially playing in this team with the players I have around me and the football we are playing,” the attacker told The Herald after the Tynecastle win.

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“I know going into any game that I’m going to get one or two chances, and it then falls to me to take them. Luckily enough, right now they seem to be going in.

“I did set a target [for the season] but I’m not telling you! I keep getting asked that, but if I get a couple more before the break I’ll be happy.”

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What was the target Christie set?

Christie has already surged past his total of 11 goals from last season so his target can’t simply be beating that. It’s fair to assume that his target is a round number. So either 25 or 30 would make a lot of sense.

The latter would have seemed a remarkable target to set back in July but he’s actually well on course to meet such a landmark given his prolongued scoring form.

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The win at Tynecastle was our 35th competitive clash of the season. Last season we played a total of 63 meaning that Christie could feature in another 25 games or so. If we’re to progress further in Europe, that total number of matches could further increase and Christie could be given a greater chance to meet his target.

Given that he already has 17 to his name, another 13 doesn’t seem too optimistic. But right now, we’ll just settle for one on the 29th of this month.