Ryan Christie fights back the tears in post-match interview after Scotland qualify for Euro 2020 on penalties


Ryan Christie gave an emotional post-match interview (Picture: Sky Sports)

Scotland goalscorer Ryan Christie was left fighting back the tears in an emotional post-match interview after his country qualified for Euro 2020.

Celtic ace Christie’s second-half strike appeared to be sending the Tartan Army to the finals of a major international tournament for the first time since 1998 but a late header from Luka Jovic put the celebrations on ice.

After a stalemate in extra time, the Scots won a dramatic penalty shootout 5-4, with David Marshall the hero as he saved the final spot-kick from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Christie was interview on the pitch after the match and couldn’t hide his emotions as he fought back tears of pure elation.

‘It’s just an amazing night,’ Christie said after the match.

‘From the start we believed. In the last couple of camps we’ve picked up so much belief in each other.

‘Even the way the game went tonight, conceding that late equaliser, we still dug in and then penalties away from home and then big Marsh comes up… amazing. Unbelievable.

Christie was subbed off after his goal and had to watch on from the sidelines – something he did not enjoy.

‘It’s not nice,’ he added. ‘When you’re on the pitch you always feel like you can impact it. The moment you’re off you can’t watch it. It’s horrible. Those penalties are probably the worst thing I’ve ever been through.

‘It’s just for everything, you know. Oh God.

‘It’s just for the whole nation – it’s been a horrible year for everyone. We knew that coming into the game we could give a little something to this country.

‘I hope everyone back home is having a party tonight. We deserve it. We’ve been through so many years. We know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. It’s a monkey off the back now. We’ve just got to move on from here.’

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson added: ‘When it goes to penalties you always back Marshy.

Scotland qualified for Euro 2020 (Picture: Getty)

‘We’ve came so far as a squad and I’m proud of everyone. They’ve been through a lot – lot of criticism, a lot of negativity. Really hope everyone back home can see the positive side of this.

‘In the 90 minutes. It’s come down to one of the best away performances I’ve been involved in. It shows you the strength we’ve got to come back from that, we stuck together throughout.

‘I can’t wait for summer. it’s the most emotional I’ve been after the game. I think I was next, but my hamstring had seized.’

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