Ryan Christie’s reputation and profile took another boost as he was given a spot in the SPFL Team of the Week.
The attacker was the only Celt named in this week’s starting XI. Christie is in alongside the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Lawerence Shankland, and Paul Hanlon respectively.
He produced a decent display at Easter Road, but the highlight of it was his 11th goal of the season. Christie rose superbly to direct a fine Moritz Bauer cross into the net. The attacking midfielder then frustrated many by shooting prematurely in good attacking moves. However, he showed an eagerness to turn the game around for his side, and that’s been picked up on by the league officials.
⚽️ – Central-Midfield
👤 – Ryan Christie
👕 – @CelticFC
🗣️ "Christie once again shone in the midfield area against Hibernian."
— SPFL (@spfl) October 1, 2019
Christie doesn’t get the praise he deserves for ousting Rogic
12 months ago it would’ve been inconceivable to think that Tom Rogic would’ve lost his place to Christie. It’s been an incredible year since, as the former Aberdeen and Inverness man has come into his own at Parkhead.
He’s managed to score cup final and European goals within that spell. As well as that, he’s produced starring performances against the likes of Rangers, Leipzig, and Cluj respectively.
His form to kick off the season has also been sublime. Morelos seems to get praise showered on him week after week. But Christie, who doesn’t even play up top, is only two goals behind the Colombian. That shows irresistible form, and he deserves his spot in the team this week.
Unfortunately, he did miss out on the star-man award. One week ago it was Odsonne Edouard who was picking up the tag. However, Shankland’s hat-trick against Greenock Morton for Dundee United on Saturday was enough to take the spot.
For Christie personally, he likely would’ve swapped all recognition of his performance for three points on Saturday. But he can be pleased with his own display, as could many others in Leith.
The likes of Bauer and Olivier Ntcham could perhaps feel aggrieved at not being given a spot this week too. Both men performed extremely well at Easter Road – particularly the former with his assist.
But the players themselves won’t get too hung up on this sort of thing. Christie, however, is clearly continuing to impress all who watch him.