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CHRISTIE’S HAMPDEN FEAR

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CELTIC playmaker Ryan Christie has admitted he thought Scotland’s win over San Marino at rain-lashed Hampden was in jeopardy.

Steve Clarke’s men were coasting against the world’s worst team on Sunday night as they stopped the rot after four successive Euro 2020 defeats against Belgium (twice) and Russie (twice).

The elegant midfielder was more worried about the worsening weather conditions than the opposition as the game kicked off in monsoon conditions and the playing surface deteriorated as the action wore on.

Christie, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “We were able to build from the first goal and played well in pretty ridiculous conditions.

“At half-time, I was wondering whether the game was actually going to be finished. I was wondering if the ref would say anything as the game went on. It was bad out on the left wing, but he didn’t say a thing.

“I’ve only played in worse conditions when the game has ended up being called off. The ball was holding up in certain areas but after we realised that, we played smart.

“We didn’t take any risks and that was the right thing to do. It was a strange night, but we did the job.

“Hopefully it does give us something to build on now. Going into the game, we wanted to win and win convincingly. The clean sheet, six goals and the win means we are happy.”

Christie, 24, thought he had scored his first international goal in his ninth appearance, but John McGinn was credited with the final touch for the first strike.

The Hoops star added: “I was convinced it was my goal, but I have since been told otherwise.

“I wasn’t going to argue and try to take the hat-trick away from John, though.

“He went on to get a second and third goal, so, hopefully, my first is just around the corner.”

Scotland complete their Euro 2020 qualifying group with games in Cyprus on November 16 and Kazakhstan, who won the opening tie 3-0, at Hampden three days later.

 

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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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