Former Scotland international Ally McCoist was left gobsmacked by Celtic’s Ryan Christie during his side’s 2-0 victory at Hampden Park on Sunday.
McCoist stunned by Christie
The 25-year-old helped fire Celtic into the final of the Scottish Cup in what was their 35th consecutive win in domestic cup action, keeping their hopes alive of winning the quadruple treble this season (via BBC Sport).
Christie unleashed an unstoppable effort after coming inside from the right-wing and arrowing the ball past the outstretched Joe Lewis to give the Hoops the lead inside the first 20 minutes.
Mohamed Elyounoussi made it two before the interval that sealed the deal and as such, Celtic have not lost a cup tie since 2016.
McCoist, who was covering the game as a pundit on the day, could not believe Christie’s strike and was stunned by what he saw.
“The first goal was one of the best goals I’ve seen in a long time”, he told Premier Sports.
“Aberdeen had their moments in the first half, particularly earlier on in the game when a few good deliveries came in from the sides from [Matthew] Kennedy and probably [Sam] Cosgrove might, and should, have done better.
“That said, once Celtic got a foothold in the game and went ahead, I think they’ve been pretty comfortable”.
Christie has been essential to Celtic over the years and his effort at the weekend encapsulated that with just a swing of his left foot.
When signing for the Glasgow-based outfit, he described it as a ‘dream’ and has gone to be hugely successful under both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon (cited by the Daily Record).
Christie has now scored 36 times from 100 appearances (TransferMarkt) and has received plenty of praise on the way, including from former Scotland assistant manager James McFadden, who described him as an “incredible” player (via 67 Hail Hail).
If Celtic are going to achieve 10-in-a-row, the fitness of Ryan Christie will be a huge factor as to whether they can manage it. Having got off to a slow start in the Scottish Premiership, Sunday’s Hampden Park victory should have injected a huge amount of confidence into the side, and particularly into Christie himself.
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