Celtic managed to win an incredible 10th straight domestic title on Sunday when they beat the Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park thanks to a 60th minute winner from Christopher Jullien. But following the final, Ryan Chrisite have a brutally honest assessment of his own and the club’s performance.
Ryan Christie has been in magnificent form this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 11 assists already as we just enter December. But on Sunday, the Celtic playmaker was not at his best and neither was the rest of the team. The final was dominated by Steven Gerrard’s men for large portions of the game but the Hoops did what they do best – win. And at the end of the day, the history books will show the names of the winners, not how many chances were created or how many shots a team had.
Yet not happy with anything less than perfection, Ryan Christie gave a brutally honest review of his performance in the final as well as that of the team. As reported by the Scotsman, Christie said:
“I think my assist was the only thing I did in the game. It was the toughest final we’ve played in.
“We’re honest enough to say that we were nowhere near our best on Sunday in terms of the fast-flowing attacking football that everyone is so used to from us.”
It is true that Celtic struggled mightily as long as Lewis Morgan was playing up front. Without a real forward to play off of, the play seemed forced and disjointed at times, as the Rangers defenders almost bullied the makeshift striker at times. But everything changed with the introduction of Odsonne Edouard in the 59th minute.
Celtic scored just a minute later from a free-kick that the Frenchman won. And then put in a brilliant display to hold on to the lead despite going down to 10 men after Jeremie Frimpong was sent off. A lot of the credit goes to Fraser Forster as well, who put in an iconic display in goal for the Bhoys in Hoops.
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