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  • Christie thrilled to play his part in League Cup victory

    Christie thrilled to play his part in League Cup victory

    By: Tony Connelly on 02 Dec, 2018 19:25

  • RYAN Christie said he was delighted to play his part in helping Celtic win their seventh trophy under Brendan Rodgers and dedicated his goal to his parents who he credited with helping him get to this point in his career.

    The 23-year-old midfielder continued his excellent form in the Hoops with his fifth goal in 10 games when he scored the decisive goal in Celtic’s 1-0 win against Aberdeen at Hampden in the League Cup final.

    Speaking after the game, Christie said scoring in the final was a special moment and added he was happy for everyone involved with the club to have won more silverware.

    “I’m delighted for all the boys and everyone associated with the club,” said Christie. “We always want to take trophies back to Celtic Park and to do that against Aberdeen, who have been such a good side every time we’ve played them, is amazing.

    “We knew how they were likely to shape up and they did just that. They made it hard for us, especially in the opening phases, so we knew we had to be patient and eventually the goal came. In the second half we could have been a bit more ruthless in front of goal.

    “It was similar to the game in midweek against Rosenborg where we got that goal and then had to be so resolute defensively. It’s a credit to all the boys throughout the team for their hard work.”

    Derek McInnes’ side made life difficult for Celtic throughout the game with plenty of aggression in defence and midfield, but Christie found the back of the net just before the break to hand Celtic the lead.

    “It was a great ball by Dedryck," said the goalscorer. "He’s one of the best defenders I’ve ever played with. His passing is great, he keeps it well with short passing and when he does need to go long he’s pinpoint with it.

    "Odsonne was coming short which was leaving Tom and I great space to run into. I’m delighted that it came off and maybe quite fortunate that the ball came back to me after the initial shot.

    “This is what I want to do at Celtic. I don’t just want to play, I want to make an impact and help the team win silverware. As an attacking I need to chip in with goals and assists and I’m buzzing that it’s come on a cup final day.”

    Christie said he was especially happy to have scored in such an important game, when his parents were looking on from the stands.

    “My mum and dad were in the stands which was amazing,” he said. “When the final whistle went I looked up and saw them and felt quite emotional. They’ve helped me so much over the years, especially my Dad. They amount he’s helped me to get to where I am today is incredible, so it’s nice to pay him back in a way.

    “I’ll have a nice meal tonight, the family will stay down here and we’ll have nice celebrations with them.”

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