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CHRISTIE SALUTES STEWART

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ON-LOAN Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie hailed Greg Stewart’s two-goal show in Aberdeen’s 4-1 win over St Johnstone at the weekend.

The Scotland international playmaker paved the way with the opener in the 34th minute and Stevie May added a second before the interval.

Stewart then took the spotlight after the turnaround as Derek McInnes’ side moved onto 59 points and level with Rangers in joint second place with a game in hand.

Christie’s parent club are running away with their seventh successive title and can move 15 points clear with a victory over Dundee at Parkhead in midweek.

However, the Highlander is focused on the Pittodrie outfit at the moment and reflected on the win over the Perth side.

He said: “I think we were relieved to get the first goal and that settled everyone down. We started playing our game a bit more.

“All the boys are delighted for Greg. The performance he put in, he’s always had it in him. You see it in training with the skill he’s got, the quick feet and finishing. He’s probably been a bit frustrated at certain times this season and I’m sure he can kick on from that now. His second goal especially was a great finish.

“In the first 20 minutes, we struggled to get to grips with the game, but in the second-half more attacking players were getting the ball down and had confidence going forward at speed and pace.

“The results give us good momentum. Hopefully we can go to Motherwell tomorrow and pick up another good performance.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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