Ryan Christie calls Motherwell strike the best of his career so far

Ryan Christie finds the net against Motherwell with a wonder-strike.

It was a goal to remember on a night the Dons fans who were there won’t forget in a hurry.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has already branded on-loan midfielder Ryan Christie’s wonder strike in their 7-2 thrashing of Motherwell as the “Goal of the Season”.

Few of us who witnessed it would argue with that.

The 21-year-old took a lay-off from Andrew Considine in his stride and directed a shot of uncanny accuracy with the outside of his left boot into the top corner, from just outside the Motherwell penalty area.

Christie appeared mildly embarrassed when I told him what McInnes had said as we chatted after the victory that saw the Dons strengthen their hold on second position in the Scottish Premiership.

But he was quick to agree it was the best goal he’s scored so far in his career.

“I can’t recall scoring a better one,” said Christie.

“I scored a very good goal against Aberdeen for Inverness.

“That had been my favourite goal, but this one trumps that.

“I was very pleased with it.

“The ball sat up nicely and I made a great connection.

“Graeme Shinnie (who was suspended and replaced by Christie in the Aberdeen starting line-up) questioned whether I meant it when he was commentating on the game. I can assure him that I did.

“I didn’t mean it to go as perfectly as it did but it was a deliberate shot.

“I am very happy with it and to have now scored twice for Aberdeen.

“Even before I arrived I felt it was something I needed to add to my game.

“I’m happy to be doing that and hope there will be a few more to come.”

The amazing strike capped a wonderful performance by Christie in what was his first start for the Dons since being taken in on loan from Celtic last month.

It earned Christie a standing ovation from the Dons fans, who also regularly applauded him throughout the night as they enjoyed his top-class display.

Christie said: “There was a wee bit of extra pressure on me because it was my first start.

“I knew it was my chance to prove a point, show what I can bring Aberdeen.”

The former Inverness Caley Thistle player confessed the warm reception from the Red Army since the day he arrived has made settling in at Pittodrie very easy.

Christie said: “I’ve loved the whole experience since stepping in the door.

“The fans were brilliant for me and all the players.

“I really appreciated the reception I got when I came off. I feel I have now embedded myself in the club.”

The midfielder is also pleased the Dons delivered in style at the end of a spell of uncertainty surrounding the future of manager McInnes.

He has been listed among the candidates to succeed Mark Warburton at Rangers, although McInnes says he intends to remain at Pittodrie.

Christie feels the manner in which they dismantled Motherwell proved the speculation about McInnes hasn’t affected the unity or confidence behind the scenes at Pittodrie.

“It was an incredible team performance,” said Christie.

“In the first half it felt like we were going to score every time we went forward, which was good.

“We have remained focused on what needs to be done to keep the club’s recent good run of results going.

“It was our game in hand, so everyone knew what it meant as far as trying to finish as high as we can in the league.

“All we were thinking about was getting the three points to strengthen our position in the league table.

“From start to finish the boys were unbelievable.

“We blew Motherwell off their feet which was part of the game plan.

“We knew we needed to come out and start off on the front foot. We are a bit disappointed to lose a couple of goals from set-pieces.

“But that’s very small when you place it alongside how good we played for the majority of the match. It was a real statement of intent from us.

“We are not just talking about wanting second spot.

“We stepped up and proved we are capable of delivering the sort of performances that could earn us that.”

Christie hopes his efforts against the Steelmen will also earn him a start in Sunday’s league clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

That’s despite the fact Shinnie is available again.

Christie said: “It’s a good dilemma for the manager to have. I’m happy I played my part after coming in for Graeme.

“He’s obviously a great player but I’m sure he welcomes a bit of competition.

“You need that in a squad as tight as Aberdeen’s.

“I obviously want to play at Kilmarnock as well because we will be going there with a lot of confidence.

“We have to make sure not to allow that to become over-confident. You never get any easy games in this league.”