Jackie McNamara has been left raving over the performances of Celtic winger Ryan Christie after seeing him impress against Rennes in the Europa League.
The former Hoops and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 24-year-old had performed almost flawlessly this season in a variety of attacking roles.
Christie netted his 13th goal of the season against Rennes on Thursday night, the Bhoys going on to secure a 3-1 win and with it securing top spot in their Europa League group.
McNamara says that aside from his sending off against Livingston, the attacking midfielder has been a standout performer for Neil Lennon and that he is almost nailed on for a regular place in the side.
Asked if Christie was looking undroppable at Parkhead, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think so. At this level he’s a goal threat and obviously creates goals as well.
“He’s shown a great amount of work rate. He’s done very well, he’s had a great season. Last season he had injuries and stuff and he’s had the one setback when he was sent off against Livingston but overall he’s had a good season so far.”
Alongside his 13 goals, Christie has also chipped in with nine assists for his teammates across all competitions, Lennon playing him 26 times already.
He has a total of 77 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys, with exactly half of his goals scored coming during the current campaign.