Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie “spoke for the nation” on Thursday night when he gave an emotional interview after Scotland secured qualification for Euro 2021.

That is according to former Hoops and St Mirren striker Frank McAvennie, who exclusively told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs that he expects the 25-year-old to be taunted by his teammates for his emotional reaction.

Christie scored as Scotland progressed to their first major tournament finals since 1998 thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Serbia on Thursday night.

Speaking after the match, Christie told Sky Sports that the win was “for the whole nation” after what has been a “horrible year” for people in Scotland.

The Tartan Army join England, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D next summer.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to Christie’s performance and interview, McAvennie said: “Christie spoke for the nation. He was brilliant and he just let it all out.

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“I can imagine Ryan is the sort of guy who cries at soppy movies,” he joked.

“Listen, it was lovely to see but he will take some stick for it. If he was in my dressing room he would have taken some stick, I do not know about nowadays.

“But the nation is partying and well done to all of the boys but it is back to business at the weekend.”   

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that he expects Neil Lennon to make a “big name” signing in January if player fails to impress.