CHERRIES midfielder Christie shared how he is currently experiencing “one of the happiest times of my life” after helping Scotland qualify for a second consecutive Euros.

Having already qualified for the 2024 edition of the tournament with two games to spare, Christie played the final 20 minutes of a pulsating 3-3 draw at home with Norway to round off Scotland’s Group A campaign.

The 28-year-old recently extended his stay at Cherries until 2027, with Christie stating how he felt “settled” on the south coast.

Christie shared: “It’s been an amazing time.

“Especially down the road, we’ve settled and I’ve signed a new contract and I’m loving it at the minute.

“It’s a pleasure to come away every time we get to come away with Scotland. The feeling you get meeting up with everyone you cherish.

“It’s 100 per cent one of the happiest times of my life.

“When I was growing up I hoped to play for my country, but because I never saw (Scotland qualifying) growing up I never thought I’d get the chance to represent my country at a Euros.

“Hopefully I’ll get to do it next summer.

“To do that is one of the biggest achievements in football so I certainly don’t take it for granted.”

International football now takes a backseat, with Christie next away with Scotland in March for as of yet unarranged friendlies.

“Everybody is buzzing for it already,” Christie continued.

“We have to try and put it on the backburner and not think about it.

“There’s a break before we meet up in March and then the preparations starts for Germany.

“I’m pretty sure Scotland fans will travel in their numbers and take over certain parts of Germany so I can’t wait.

“The dressing room was great (after the game).

“It’s important to enjoy these moments when they come along.

“Over the last couple of generations it’s not happened much.

“So when it does happen you need to enjoy it, especially with how close this squad is.

“Everyone enjoys it together, the whole staff and everybody. Credit to the manager for instilling that feeling.

“It’s definitely played a massive part in getting us where we are.”

Christie has been capped 40 times by his country, scoring five goals since his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands in November 2017.

The Scot will now return to Cherries ahead of their restart to Premier League action this weekend, when Christie and co. travel to Sheffield United on Saturday, November 25.