Some Celtic fans react to Ryan Christie's deadly Tynecastle display

By David Walton

December 19, 2019

Big players come up trumps in big games, and Ryan Christie’s performance at Tynecastle last night was proof of that.

The attacking midfielder seized the game by the throat when things looked patchy in Gorgie. With Hearts creating several decent openings in the opening stages, it took a bit of Christie magic to change the game. With our first real meaningful effort, he showed delightful footwork to create space for himself and slam home the opener.

Ryan Christie now has 17 goals for the season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In addition to that, he proved to be a lynchpin afterward. His passing and movement caused issues for Hearts as Celtic created some huge chances both before and after half-time. How Celtic didn’t score more than two on the night is anyone’s guess, but without Christie we wouldn’t have had the chances.

The former Inverness youngster has certainly come out of this one smelling of roses yet again. After a fine return to the first-team, here’s a look at what some in our fanbase thought of his display:

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https://twitter.com/celticbible/status/1207394293687738368

Nobody could’ve foreseen Christie’s evolution

There were plenty who knew he was going to be a player, but who honestly could’ve foreseen this remarkable rise and evolution of Christie’s game.

His stats this season are now becoming absolutely ridiculous for an attacking midfielder. 17 goals and 11 assists having played 30 games by Christmas (Transfermarkt). That’s almost a full season worth of fixtures already, and Christie has been one of the most consistent performers for us in that run.

Christie has proven himself to be a fan-favourite (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

If you think back to a couple of years ago when Tom Rogic struck that last-minute winner against Aberdeen at Hampden, who honestly believed that Christie was going to be overtaking him? These days, Rogic is so far behind Christie’s level that it’s frightening.

And that’s no slight on big Tam either, that’s simply an acknowledgment of how much Christie has come on. At this stage, he’s a game-changer for Celtic. A player who can come up with big moments when you’re struggling to settle into a game.

Christie’s potential is frightening (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s already done it for us twice in Edinburgh this season alone, as he also bagged a crucial equaliser at Easter Road when we were slow in starting that one too. He isn’t just a player who likes to turn up when everyone else is playing well and look good in a brilliant team. He knows how to haul this club up off the deck on his own.

As we continue to roll onto some crucial games between now and the winter break, Christie will continue to play an essential role. And right now, there isn’t a team in Scotland who looks capable of stopping him.