The Celtic star has six goals in eight Premiership games from midfield this season.

Michael Stewart has claimed that Celtic’s Ryan Christie could and should be used as a striker for Scotland.

Christie is one of the Hoops’ best players since returning from his loan at Aberdeen in the summer of 2018.

As a result of his brilliant Celtic form, the 24-year-old has crowbarred his way into the international scene on a regular basis and started the 6-0 demolition of San Marino last weekend.

The Bhoys’ attacker isn’t a striker but, with Scotland boss Steve Clarke boasting a number of unflattering options going forward, Stewart believes that Christie is a genuine option to spearhead an attack.

He told BBC Sportsound [14/10/2019]: “I think he’s capable of playing as a number nine, but not an out-and-out number nine.

“We’ve got a problem position in the striker, and I think Ryan Christie could do a job up there.”

This could even apply to Celtic who, apart from Odsonne Edouard, don’t have a wealth of striking options.

Leigh Griffiths hasn’t kicked a ball since August due to injury, with Mikey Johnston also sidelined, while Vakoun Issouf Bayo is far from a proven quantity in Scottish football just yet.

If something happens to Edouard, Celtic, who are two points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, have a massive problem and it would be interesting to see if Stewart is right about Christie being equipped to lead the line.

 

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