Ryan Christie's father identifies position Celtic star feels most comfortable playing in for club and country

By John Reid

November 14, 2020

Ryan Christie’s father Charlie identified the position that his son feels most comfortable playing in whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra show.

Charlie Christie, who had a spell at Celtic in the 1980s, claims that his son likes playing in a ‘number 10 role’, ideally off a physical striker.

“He likes playing off someone”

“I think the number 10 role, just off that physical presence up top, like Lyndon Dykes, he likes playing off someone like that, he likes the ball into feet all the time” Christie said, whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (BT Sport 1 HD, 18:44, 13/11/20).

Christie was in a number 10 role for Scotland in the recent game against Serbia, and he turned in a sensational display. He scored the goal in the Euro 2020 playoff final before the Scots won on penalties to end a 23-year wait to qualify for an international tournament.

Neil Lennon might well have taken an interest in what Christie senior had to about his son’s best position. At times Christie has played off the striker at Celtic. However, he is more used in a midfield role.

Playing him off the striker hasn’t always paid off at times. Although perhaps it could be worth playing Christie off Odsonne Edouard? He is probably Celtic’s closest equivalent to Lyndon Dykes, who was very good for Scotland against Serbia.

Player probably won’t be used as striker again

It is probably not the best idea to play him at left-back or as a striker, as he has played there but it has not worked out.

Ryan Christie celebrates for Celtic against Aberdeen / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Still, Christie’s father’s remarks certainly provide food for thought for Neil Lennon. It will be interesting to see if he deploys Christie in a number 10 role when the Hoops return to action against Hibernian next Saturday.

That could get the best out of Christie. However, perhaps it would benefit Celtic more if Christie played in more of a ‘natural’ midfield role. Only time will tell.

In other news, John Hughes has talked about Celtic’s pursuit of Ryan Christie back in 2015.