Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has opened up on the thrills of watching the Hoops beat Rangers last month.
Christie didn’t take part in the match. Instead, he was just days away from returning from injury, and subsequently scored in the 2-0 victory at St Mirren just three days after Celtic saw off Rangers.
The 2-1 success was full of ups and downs. The elation of James Forrest’s winner only came after Ryan Kent’s equaliser had given us a real scare. The red card to Alfredo Morelos added a bit of real humour to proceedings too.
But speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 37, Page 12), Christie expressed how he could hardly deal with watching on as opposed to being out there affecting the game.
“It’s definitely harder to watch Glasgow derbies from the stands. I’ve been part of things in previous games, when you’ve got a chance to impact things, I find that you’ve got less nerves, or perhaps it’s that you’re more relaxed on the pitch.
“I was an absolute mess watching it, especially in the last 10 minutes. I was there with my girlfriend and she kept asking me if I was alright. And it was obviously just a huge relief when Jamesy got the winner.
“It’s sometimes nicer to be on the park when you can be, strangely, more relaxed about it all.”
He’ll be affecting things from now on
Hopefully, Christie won’t have to worry about watching from the sidelines between now and the end of the season. Ahead of what’s going to be a tricky run-in, we need a player of his ilk in our attacking ranks.
In terms of the fixtures against Rangers, they’ve gotten tougher this season than many of us would’ve liked. The Ibrox side certainly gave us a good game last month. Yet, on both occasions at Celtic Park, the Hoops should’ve had the game dead and buried early on.
The only derby Christie has started in this season was the 1-0 loss at Ibrox. That was a match full of tactical abominations from Brendan Rodgers. It’s a performance that hopefully won’t be repeated anytime soon.
Christie will hopefully be fit to have another crack at Rangers on May 12th at Ibrox. He could’ve been a real game-changer in the Parkhead clash last month, with his flair and creativity precisely what was missing at key stages during the 2-1 win.
It’s clear from his words that Christie has that same passion flowing through him as the rest of us do. Here’s hoping he can unleash that when the two sides meet for the final time this season next month.