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'Lights the game up' - McInnes hails Celtic 22-year-old after weekend display

By James Black

Derek McInnes has hailed on-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie after his performance in Aberdeen’s 1-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday.

The midfielder set Aberdeen’s winner up at the weekend with a back-heel which came off the post before Andy Considine fired home.

Christie was named Scottish Football Writer’s Association Young Player of the Year in 2014/15 after a dazzling campaign with Inverness Caledonian Thistle as he helped the Highland side to their first major trophy when they lifted the Scottish Cup.

Aberdeen boss McInnes praised the 22-year-old for his mix of flair and tenacity and compared Christie with his dad, Inverness CT legend Charlie Christie.

“Ryan Christie works as hard as any player but he has that finesse.” McInnes said after the win at Fir Park, as quoted by the Evening Express website.

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“He pirouettes about the pitch and lights the game up.

“Ryan was so unlucky not to score what would have been a memorable goal.

“It would have been a goal everyone would have been talking about.

“Ryan is like his dad in that he has a bit of tenacity and temper and goes in for tackles.

“He does not like it when things are not going his own way.”

Christie is in his second loan spell at Pittodrie and has struggled to make an impact at Celtic since joining the Hoops in 2015.

The Dons had tried to secure Christie on a permanent deal over the summer after wowing in his first spell on loan however Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was only willing to allow the midfielder to leave on loan.

Christie also had a season-long loan with Inverness CT – his first senior club before joining the Hoops – and has only made 13 appearances for Celtic in a little over two years.

In other Celtic news, fans have raged at Gordon Strachan after this in-form attacker was omitted from the Scotland squad.

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