There are not many people who will disagree with former Celtic striker Scott McDonald over his thoughts on emerging Celtic star Ryan Christie.
The Australian was asked about the Scottish midfielder’s situation and if he saw this new lease of life coming before Christie burst onto the scene at Murrayfield.
“No, categorically no,” McDonald admitted to BBC Sportsound.
“I thought he would go at the end of August. The loss of Moussa Dembele helped his cause a little bit in getting more of an opportunity.”
Christie has come from nowhere to looking like a player that will be hard to dislodge from the first team going forward. His energy and creativity have benefitted the Celtic team over the past month and his involvement in Celtic Europa League win cannot be understated.
Speculating how Christie has managed to make his mark all of a sudden, the former Celtic star puts it down to a number of things.
“Not having that third striker, he was probably seen as another option. He’s done ever so well in training, impressed Brendan Rodgers with his attitude, and he’s taken his opportunity with both hands – you’ve got to give him credit.”
Christie is away with Scotland on international duty at the moment and will be hoping to make an impact for his county in the Nations League.
It’s a week on Saturday before he will be pulling on a Celtic jersey and hoping to get back to winning ways after a stalemate at Almondvale.