Celtic centre-back Shane Duffy has lauded the ability of team-mate Ryan Christie after another two assists against St Mirren last night.

Christie was the difference in the final third during yesterday’s clash with St Mirren, after he whipped in two superb crosses that were powered home by Duffy and James Forrest.

It’s now two goals in two games for Duffy, who has so far thrived on some terrific service into the penalty box. Yesterday’s game was, however, the first time he’s managed to feature for 90 minutes on the same pitch with former Inverness starlet Christie.

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Shane Duffy netted from a Ryan Christie cross last night

Shane Duffy netted from a Ryan Christie cross last night / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And it appears that the Scotland international has left a real impression on the Brighton-owned loan star.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Duffy said: “He (Christie) is a real creative player. I was buzzing with his deliveries. He’s a quality player and shows it in training. Excited to keep playing with him and hopefully can put more on my head!

“We’ve got a top squad here and I’m sure there will be a few rotations. We want games and the more games the better for me. It’s something we are looking forward to and the aim is trying to win every game.”

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A massive shot in the arm for Christie

Celtic fans have been singing Christie’s praises ever since he signed for the club under Ronny Deila back in 2016. However, coming from a player who has played with and against some top Premier League pros, it means that little bit extra.

 

The Hoops star often comes in for criticism when it comes to his end product at times due to an inconsistency in the quality of his deliveries. However, you have to look at the full picture.

When certain Celtic players don’t seem to want to get on the ball, Christie does. He’s the first to put himself out there and try to create something out of nothing. Does it always come off? No, but the effort is there.

Ryan Christie with Scotland

Ryan Christie with Scotland (Photo by Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

You’ll often see the trickster trying to switch the play regularly or pop a cross into the box whenever he gets the chance. Due to how often he does this, there will always be efforts that go wayward. But it never dents his enthusiasm, and he’s the first to come back for more.

Duffy clearly sees that level of intent and determination from Christie that many of us see on a weekly basis. He’s had plenty of knocks in his Celtic career, but he still looks as hungry as ever to get this club to where it wants to be – 10-in-a-row champions.

As the season goes on, Christie will be a key player for Neil Lennon, and rightly so.

In other news, one of Celtic’s reported summer targets is apparently training alone.

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