By Noel Whelan

14th Nov, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Whelan in awe of 'Fantastic' Celtic player after international display

Ryan Christie will return to Celtic a more confident player after scoring Scotland’s only goal in their European Championship play-off match against Serbia, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker insisted the 25-year-old will want to impress with the Hoops to earn a place in the squad for next year’s tournament.

Christie opened the scoring in Belgrade on Thursday night after being assisted by his domestic teammate Callum McGregor.

The game ended 1-1, before the Scots triumphed 5-4 in the resulting penalty shoot-out to end a 22 year wait for an appearance at a major international tournament.

And Whelan was left very impressed by the mental strength shown by Christie to perform on such a big occasion.

He told Football Insider: “It was a fantastically well taken goal as well and just scoring goals gives you that confidence and belief back into your game and into yourself.

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“With the magnitude of the goal and the game itself to keep that kind of concentration and that that mental strength throughout the whole game, I’m very sure that he will take that into domestic football.

“He’ll have that grit in his teeth and know that to go to the euros you need to perform week in, week out to be chosen for that tournament.”


Christie conducted an emotional interview after the game with Sky Sports and dedicated the victory to the whole of Scotland.

He said: “It’s for the whole nation. I hope everyone back home is having a party tonight, because we deserve it. What we’ve been though. So many years – we know it, you know it, everyone knows it.

In other news, Celtic are expected to complete the signing of a £60K-a-week sensation in 2021.