Ryan Christie on Celtic's "phenomenal" Leipzig victory
Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie says last season’s victory over RB Leipzig has left him wanting more in Europe.
The 24-year-old played a big part in the Hoops’ Europa League victory over the Germans last November. The 2-1 success proved crucial in the end as Brendan Rodgers’ men made the last 32 of the competition at the Bundesliga side’s expense.
And, although it was only in Europe’s secondary competition, Christie says it still gives him the hunger for more.
“The game against Leipzig was phenomenal and certainly one of my highlights”, he told the Daily Record.
“There’s a lot of boys in the dressing room who have played in the Champions League but I’ve not played there yet.
“The Europa League last year was my first real taste of European football here and I loved every minute. That’s what we are working towards and if I can go on to play Champions League football I will be delighted.
“It was a brilliant team performance against Leipzig and I think that was the most we worked all season and it paid off, although we rode our luck in the last 10 minutes when we were hanging on a bit.”
Christie is right to pick out Leipzig victory
Christie is not alone in remembering the Leipzig game fondly. The majority of the Celtic support will look back on the win as one of their favourites of last season – probably only beaten by either of the victories over Rangers or the Scottish Cup final.
A youthful Celtic side, featuring the likes of Christie and Kieran Tierney, really rose to the occasion and deservedly beat the team who ended up finishing 3rd in the Bundesliga.
Neil Lennon will be hoping he can channel similar performances in Europe this coming season. Celtic were exposed badly at times under Rodgers, and now Lennon will hope to make us harder to beat.
He showed that he can compete tactically in Europe during his first stint in charge, and Celtic fans are excited by the possibility of him doing so again.
First thing’s first though – Champions League qualification is the aim.