Scotland fans are keen to see Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie start the country’s next match against Belgium on Monday.

Christie was not included as part of Steve Clarke’s starting eleven during Friday night’s defeat to Russia, although did make an appearance from the bench in the second half.

That omission was seen as controversial given Christie’s incredible Celtic form recently.

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The attacking midfielder has scored eight goals and assisted five more this season already, from just 13 appearances (Transfermarkt).

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Given Scotland struggled to support central striker Oli McBurnie from midfield, Christie could have been the perfect option to link midfield and attack.

He’s an excellent out ball, able to retain possession and bring other teammates into the game around him.

Pundits such as Michael Stewart have even suggested using him as that central striker option in a deep-lying role (The Scottish Sun).

Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifying hopes now rest on a play-off and not their current group. That means the match against Belgium is the perfect chance for Clarke to show a bit more ambition with his selection and tactics.

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The introduction of Christie could breathe life into this Scotland side. He should be one of the first names on the team sheet on current form.

Some fans are certainly eager to see him selected.

These supporters have taken to Twitter over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts…

 

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