Christie and Rogic – Thorns in Aberdeen’s side At Hampden

When Celtic played Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend Neil Lennon put Ryan Christie on the right hand side and Tom Rogic in the number 10 role. A few days later in Lille, Lennon kept Christie out wide, but dropped Rogic in favour of Scott Brown. The question now being asked is whether or not Rogic will be reintroduced for the weekend’s showdown at Hampden Park.

Ordinarily it would be a straight choice between Rogic and Christie, with James Forrest on the right wing. Forrest’s injury more or less ensures that Christie will start in his position and it then boils down to whether or not Rogic starts in midfield to provide a more attacking threat.

The Australian has a great record against Aberdeen at all venues, but the iconic moment when he secured the Invincible Treble in the final minute of the 2017 Scottish Cup final will never be forgotten by fans of Celtic and Aberdeen alike.

Ryan Christie has also haunted the Dons at Hampden in more recent times. It was his strike that was the difference between the sides in the 2018 League Cup final:

There’s an argument to start both players this weekend. If Lennon decides to do so, let’s hope the ghosts of the past haunt Aberdeen once again.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up on the English south coast with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were previously sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are now available on Amazon.

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