Ryan Christie was delighted to play his part as Scotland stunned Spain in Euro 2024 qualifying but said the win was just a step in the journey towards Germany.
Scotland’s 2-0 win at Hampden over the top seeds meant a maximum return of six points from the opening two qualifiers. The nature of the performance, and Scott McTominay’s two goals sinking one of the biggest nations in the competition, give the team a huge boost but Christie said it was just a start.
“Obviously this is going to be a long process in the making to get to this point, and we’re certainly not done yet,” he said. “We’re certainly not getting carried away for ourselves, that’s for sure.
“We’re only two games into this group and we’ve yet to play an away game as well. That’ll be tough when you look at some of the opponents we’ve got.
“So obviously June (when Scotland play Norway in Oslo before facing Georgia at home) is going to be a massive trip for us as well. You know, the main focus will be to get two more positive results and that’ll definitely put us in a positive place.
“It’s a big win against a world-class opponent. Obviously they are a quality side, but I still think we came into the game with a lot of confidence.
“That comes from the amount of time the squad has been together and what we’ve done together and achieved. So, yeah, like you said, we’ve had some big nights here at Hampden and that’s probably one of the biggest so far.”
Christie, who went close to scoring with a first half shot that skimmed past the post, played a vital role in the victory. breaking forward in support of lone striker Lyndon Dykes and putting pressure on Spain’s back line.
“Obviously at times, you’re going to have to suffer for the ball,” he said. “You’re playing against Spain.
“We can’t go crazy, but you know, we wanted to take our own kind of offensive mindset into the game. Scott McTominay had two unbelievable goals.
“He’s had some camp so credit to him, but you have plenty of boys like me and John McGinn and McTominay coming from the field so there was plenty attacking threat.”