Ryan Christie has praised controversial former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers for giving the midfielder the chance to get established in the Hoops first-team, the Celtic View reports.
Christie has disclosed that he was frustrated that he hadn’t been making the most of the few chances he had got for the first-team, until Rodgers brought Christie on as a replacement for the injured Olivier Ntcham in the Betfred Cup semi-final in October 2018.
Christie scored a brilliant goal against Hearts in the 3-0 win, and since then he has been a mainstay of the Hoops first-team.
“Made the impact that I always wanted to”
“I remember being really frustrated because it felt like every time I was getting a chance, it wasn’t really working out for me, but the Hearts game was the one where I made the impact that I always wanted to. I also need to give credit to Brendan Rodgers at the time. We played Dundee in the next game after that…he told me that he couldn’t really pull me out after that performance. And I just stayed in after that” Christie said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 56, Issue 14, P. 14 + 15).
Brendan Rodgers will not be popular with the Hoops support for many years, if ever again for the way he walked out on the club to join Leicester City.
However, he does deserve credit for giving Christie his big Celtic chance. Few would have foreseen just how well Christie has done in the last few seasons for the Hoops.
Has cemented place in side since that semi-final
Don’t forget, before making his Celtic breakthrough he spent 18 months on loan at Aberdeen. However, he has cemented himself as a first-team regular, and has contributed plenty of goals and assists.
In 11o appearances for Celtic, he has contributed 36 goals and 34 assists. That is an impressive record. If Christie wants to be, he could be a mainstay of the Celtic side for years to come. That is how important he has become.
Only time will tell if that happens. For now though, Christie will be a key man in the battle to win 10 in a row.
In other news, read our predicted starting XI for the Scottish Cup semi-final.