James McFadden raves about Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie

James McFadden assistant manager of Scotland looks on prior to the UEFA Nations League C Group One match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie impressed for Scotland last night.

Belgium's defender Thomas Meunier (L) takes on Scotland's Ryan Christie (R) during the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park, Glasgow on...

Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie started for Scotland on Monday night – and he was one of the few shining lights in a 4-0 thumping by Belgium.

Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld all finished off chances created by Kevin De Bruyne, before De Bruyne himself made it 4-0.

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Steve Clarke's men now face a real struggle in their bid to get to EURO 2020, and major questions are once again being asked of Scottish football after a difficult campaign.

 

Some players are clearly no good enough to take Scotland forward, but Celtic ace Christie took his chance having been brought into the starting line-up.

Christie was a substitute for the defeat to Russia, and whilst he couldn't help Scotland break Belgium down, he did produce an all-action display in midfield.

The 24-year-old has been in sensational form for Celtic this season, smashing eight goals and five assists in just 13 games, and he showed that he can be a force for Scotland moving forward too.

After the final whistle, pundit James McFadden told Sky Sports (09/09, 9:50pm) that Christie is working so hard to become a success at Celtic, and has really seized his chance having looked like going out on loan again last summer.

James McFadden assistant manager of Scotland looks on prior to the UEFA Nations League C Group One match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow,...

McFadden added that Christie 'has everything' as he is always looking to get on the ball and create but is also willing to do the hard work and track back too, predicting a 'really big season' with Celtic for the midfielder.

“His work rate, his drive, his determination to be a success at Celtic…there was talk of him going out on loan in the transfer window last season and it never happened, then he burst onto the scene for Celtic,” said McFadden.

“He can see a pass, he is always on for a ball, he demands the ball, he flies into tackles, he’s got so much to his game, he’s got everything in his game for me. The most impressive thing for me is his work rate, because at one point he’s in the box, he’s trying to score a goal, they lose the ball, he’s the first one to track back. He looks faster, he looks fitter, stronger, I think he’s going to have a really big season for Celtic, which can only benefit Scotland,” he added.

Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans (L) plays the ball under pressure from Scotland's Ryan Christie (R) during the the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Scotland and Belgium...

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