Ryan Christie became the first Celtic player to both score and assist in a European group game since 2009 in the 2-1 Europa League victory against Lazio last night.
The midfielder helped draw the Hoops level in the 67th minute with a great strike before turning provider in the 89th minute.
French centre-back Christopher Jullien rose highest to head in Christie’s perfect cross into the box, ensuring Celtic secured a first win against an Italian side since October 2007 and avoided defeat in their opening three games of a Europa League campaign for the first time since 2014-15.
Former Hoops star Tony Watts was impressed with the performance of the 24-year-old, and here is how he reacted on Twitter:
So let’s have a chat about @ryanchristie2 lads… when he plays Celtic play! 5 year contract with a your not allowed to leave clause ⚠️👏🏻
— Tony Watt (@32watto_) October 25, 2019
Having scored six goals in eight Scottish Premiership appearances for Celtic this term and six goals in 11 games on the continent , Christie is proving to be very crucial as usual to Neil Lennon’s side, and his contributions will come handy once again this term.
The Parkhead outfit surely can’t afford to lose such a key quality player anytime soon, and it will be interesting to see how they react when the English sides come after his signature in the coming months.