On Sunday, Celtic fans everywhere will have been celebrating a victory in the League Cup final. The Hoops have enjoyed a remarkable turn around over the last few weeks, with Brendan Rodgers’ men firing on all cylinders.
Perhaps the most impressive player over the last few weeks has been Ryan Christie. He’s enjoyed a stunning rise to prominence under Brendan Rodgers, and he capped that off by scoring the winning goal for the Hoops in the final against Aberdeen.
The glory was no less than he deserves. Despite starting the season on the periphery, Christie has quickly emerged as a crucial player, and he deserves the current standing that he has in this squad.
Christie’s growth has been fantastic, and it’s undeniably one of the best things to have happened at Celtic this season. In truth, there’s even an argument to suggest that the Scottish attackers’ rise, which has been facilitated by Brendan Rodgers, has been the most impressive thing that the boss has helped achieve this term.
Here are TWO reasons why…
Rodgers deserved a lot of credit for giving him a chance in the first team, as the impact that the attacker has made this term has been tremendous.
He’s already bagged 3 goals in the league, and his overall performances have simply been stunning.
Offering brilliant energy, pace, technical quality and, more importantly, an impact in front of goal, Christe is quickly emerging as one of Celtic’s best and most important players.
His rise has been remarkable, and he’s played a key part in that. He never gives less than 100%, and you can always see the effort that he’s putting in.
That, combined with Rodgers’ emphasis on development, marks him out as a clear success for Rodgers’ tutelage.
Scoring goals and playing well is one thing, but more to the point, doing it on the biggest stages is even more significant, and Christie has done a lot of that as of late.
Of course, we’re primarily talking about his goal for Celtic on Sunday in the League Cup final, but it goes beyond that, too. He opened the scoring against Hamilton the week prior, whilst he also scored when the Hoops took on Hearts. Not to mention, he’s also been sublime in Celtic’s Europa League campaign.
He’s got a knack for scoring in important games, and that’s such a vital trait to have.
Brendan Rodgers has built a winning mentality at Celtic Park, and Christie has quite clearly bought into that – and he always steps it up when it matters most.