By James Black
On-loan Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has thanked Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes for helping him win his first international cap for Scotland.
The Aberdeen star also revealed that he owed McInnes – who is widely believed to be Rangers’ number one target to replace Pedro Caixinha – for helping to get him into the international fold.
Christie took a huge stride in his career when he made his debut for Scotland against the Netherlands on Thursday night and admitted that when he joined the Dons on loan he didn’t even think a cap was a viable possibility.
The midfielder has been in fantastic form for the Dons this season as they look to secure a fourth consecutive second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership under Derek McInnes.
“I owe Aberdeen and the manager a lot,” Christie said, as quoted by the Evening Express.
“I didn’t even think about the Scotland squad when I came up to Aberdeen because I thought it was too far away.
He added: “I absolutely love my football and love working with the manager, his staff and with a great squad of players.”
Christie scored seven times last season for the Reds after joining on an initial six-month loan deal and has helped Derek McInnes’ into second place in the Scottish Premiership this season – trailing leaders Celtic by three points.
The 22-year-old joined Brendan Rodgers side in 2015 but has only made 13 appearances for the Glasgow giants since his move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Christie has made 17 appearances for the Dons this term, scoring four times after returning to Pittodrie on a season-long loan deal.