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CHRISTIE TARGETS SCOTLAND

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RYAN CHRISTIE has set his sights on a starring role at Scotland after his spectacular breakthrough at Celtic.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who cost £500,000 when he arrived from Inverness Caley Thistle in August 2015, has been in scintillating form since coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 Betfred League Cup semi-final win over Hearts at Murrayfield nine games ago.

His surge in form has led to a three-year contract extension at the champions and the classy playmaker has just won the Premiership Player of the Month award for November.

Christie, who scored the Hoops’ winner in the Betfred League success over Aberdeen on Sunday and was on target again in the 1-1 draw with Motherwell in midweek, played in the recent UEFA Nations League triumphs over Albania (4-0) and Israel (3-2).

He now hopes to become a key member of Alex McLeish’s squad for the forthcoming European Championships which will include games against Belgium and Russia.

The Highlander said: “Seeing the draw come out, there was a buzz among the boys.

“It will be brilliant when that rolls around again, but there’s plenty of football to play for my club before that.

“Hopefully, I keep playing well and that will play in for me Scotland.

“Target-wise, I’m keeping that to myself, but that’s my job, you need to carry a goal threat from midfield for this club.

“I’m happy to be doing that just now, long may it continue.”

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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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