Rodgers praises ‘sensational’ Christie after Hearts win

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers did not hold back his delight at the performance of Ryan Christie against Hearts in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday, with the Scot scoring his first of the season after goals from Scott Sinclair and James Forrest.

Christie, who spent last season on loan at Aberdeen, swept the ball superbly into the corner of the net from outside the area.

“Ryan is in the last year of his contract and he’s gone out (on loan) for a purpose, to get experience and have that pressure of playing every week. He did that at Aberdeen. He’s come back and made some great contributions for us.’’ Rodgers told BBC.

Christie did not start but was introduced for the second half, and eight minutes later he scored Celtic’s third goal.

“He’s got that personality now to come in to such a game and go and impose his quality – his intensity and pressing and defending was very good, and his input into all three goals was sensational. He made the difference when he came on.” Rodgers added.

The game finished 3-1 to the Hoops which will see the Glasgow club play Aberdeen in the final in December.

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