Ryan Christie's father backs player to come back strong after Celtic disappointment

By John McGinley

December 31, 2019

Ryan Christie’s father has backed his son to come back strong from Sunday’s Celtic derby disappointment against Rangers, The Scottish Sun report.

Christie missed a penalty in the match and has subsequently had to undergo surgery for a groin injury following a reported tussle with Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos (Daily Mail).

However, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s bounced back from adversity. He notably suffered a horror facial injury last season and also found himself sent off against Livingston earlier in this campaign.

Charlie Christie explains that while his son is deeply disappointed with Sunday’s outcome, he’ll work as hard as ever to get back to his best form.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Neil Lennon, John Kennedy, Damien Duff, everyone on the coaching staff, have been very good for Ryan and that drives him on, to repay them.

“Whenever he’s selected he feels he owes them and it’s why there’s added disappointment for Sunday’s defeat. Ryan’s made of the right stuff. He’s had a few kicks in the teeth and responded the right way.

“I greatly admire his character. He’s hit such high heights. The expectations on him have grown ten-fold. Ryan’s set his bar very high, but it’s extremely hard to maintain it.

“However, I know he’ll be desperate to right the wrongs of Sunday when the season resumes after the winter break.”

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Injury is a bitter blow

It’s not yet known just how long Christie will be missing and there’s every chance he comes back as strong as ever this season, but even being without him for a short period is a blow to Lennon.

Christie has arguably been our best player this season and although he was well below his best on Sunday, we’ll undoubtedly missed his attacking midfield energy.

With 17 goals and 13 assists so far this term he’s provided the Hoops with an incredible amount of firepower.

It’ll be up to the other influential stars in Celtic’s team to step up in his absence.