Ryan Christie earned rave reviews tonight after his performance in Scotland‘s victory over Albania.
The Celtic midfielder was handed a start by Alex McLeish for the trip to Shkoder in the Nations League.
And he repaid his manager with a superb display in the 4-0 victory, producing two assists and loads more quality in midfield throughout a one-sided affair.
Christie has arguably been Celtic’s best player of late so it was no surprise when the starting XI was confirmed and he was in it.
But did anyone expect him to play so well?
The playmaker was involved in everything good for Scotland and was man of the match for many watching on:
What a difference a win makes. So many excellent performances but Ryan Christie outstanding tonight on his first competitive outing for Scotland. Roll on Tuesday night.
— Jonathan Sutherland (@MrJonSutherland) November 17, 2018
Can’t see Ntcham getting near the Celtic starting lineup when he’s fit.. Ryan Christie is unplayable at the moment!
— Ryan Kennedy (@RyanKen91) November 17, 2018
What a shift from Ryan Christie, absolutely brilliant, full of energy and still closing down in the 93rd minute.
— Don Taylor (@tm4tjDon) November 17, 2018
That was a poor Albania side but we had a job to do and we did it. Ryan Christie Man of the Match for me, set the tone throughout the match.
Same on Tuesday please 🏴
— Murray Coghill (@MurCog81) November 17, 2018
Great result for Scotland vs Albania at the footy tonight. Ryan Christie and James Forrest were excellent amongst many very good performances. Shame for the Rugby Team who came up just short of the Springboks and could have won it on another day. 👍🏴
— Stuart Bateman 🏴 (@BatemanStuart1) November 17, 2018
Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Ryan Fraser were unbelievable tonight🏴
— Alan Robb (@AlanRobb11) November 17, 2018
Fair play Scotland, what a performance but Ryan Christie was just magnificent!
— Andrew MacDonald (@Andrew_Mac12) November 17, 2018
Ryan Christie……..What a player! #scotland
— Scott Williamson (@scottw1985) November 17, 2018
Ryan Christie man of the match for me! Great result, good performance. Looking forward to hampden on tuesday now 🏴🏴🏴
— sean howie (@sean_howie) November 17, 2018
Ryan Christie, take a bow son. 🔥 outstanding performance! 👏🏼
— Lewis Anderson (@LewisAndo123) November 17, 2018
Thought Ryan Christie absolutely strolled that.
— Robbie McAlpine (@robmc90) November 17, 2018
Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie will be first on Celtic & Scotland teamsheets for years to come⚽️👍🏻
— eoinwaite (@eoinwaite) November 17, 2018
Ryan Christie 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— frazer burrows (@frazzz94) November 17, 2018
You get the point.
Christie will now be expecting to start for Scotland again when they take on Israel in their next Nations League game on Tuesday night.
If Scotland win that then they’ll go through to the semi-finals of the Nations League – a big boost for McLeish, the squad and the country.