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I can learn plenty from class act De Bruyne: Christie

Magic man: Kevin de Bruyne
Magic man: Kevin de Bruyne

By Gavin McCafferty

Ryan Christie hailed the inspirational Kevin de Bruyne after the Belgium midfielder dominated the 4-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Monday night.

The Belgian captain set up first-half goals for Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld as the visitors ruthlessly punished errors by Steve Clarke's side in their 2020 European Championship qualifier.

The Man City attacker curled in a fourth in the 82nd minute to leave Scotland relying on March's Nations League play-offs for their chance to make the finals.

Celtic's attacking midfielder Christie was impressed by De Bruyne's performance and said: "He is a class act. These are the kind of players that I aspire to. He is in a similar position to me.

"It is good for me. I want to test myself against the best teams in the world so hopefully I learn from it and move on."

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