Ryan Christie named top Scottish Celtic player by UEFA

By Connor Gordon

February 18, 2020

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has been ranked the best Scottish Celtic player by UEFA.

The attacker was rated 208th by the football governing body in Europe recently. [UEFA]

Christie beats international teammate Andy Robertson in terms of Scottish players on the overall list.

However, the former Inverness man isn’t the top Scot, as John McGinn is the leader.

Ryan Christie top of Celtic UEFA leaderboard

Celtic star Christie has risen to be one the club’s most prized assets this season.

Christie has scored 11 goals in 21 league appearances this season, with 10 assists.

Ryan Christie is the Scotish top performer for Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was perhaps the first name on the team sheet during the opening half of the season.

However, a suspension and an injury recently has saw him sit on the bench in recent games.

Nevertheless, UEFA have rightly awarded him as the best Celt from his country.

The FedEX performance zone has the Hoops attacker sitting at 208th on the overall list of players.

Only Aston Villa’s McGinn is ahead of him (47th) while Champions League winner Robertson is further behind (331).

John McGinn is Scotland’s best player according to UEFA. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

This is a massive shot in the arm for Christie who didn’t appear to be in Celtic’s plans as far as last season.

What could have been for the Bhoys?

But some fans will also see these results as a failure of Celtic’s long term planning.

Robertson was on the club’s books as a youth and McGinn was subject to a failed bid last season. [Daily Record]

All three could have been plying their trade with the Celts and even Christie’s future looked bleak.

Ryan Christie in action for Scotland against Kazakhstan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s time for all three men to put performances into results for the Scottish national team for Euro qualification.

They might be separated club-wise now, but together they can help put Israel and perhaps Norway to the sword over the next couple of months.

All three are too young to remember Scotland in competition and it would be a full circle for the trio to return the country to the big stage.