What a turnaround for fortunes for young Ryan Christie. A month or so ago, he was a bit-part player waiting on January before departing our club. What a tragedy it would have been for him and for Celtic had that happened, because from the minute he was signed I thought we had one of the best young players of his generation.
The club has just announced that he has signed a new three year deal.
Not only has he played his way into the manager’s plans, but he has ensured that his future will be right here at Celtic Park. We’re going to see him develop into the exceptional young footballer we’ve been waiting for. I am beyond happy about this development.
As regular readers will know, I’ve been a Ryan Christie fan for many years. The only question we’ve ever asked about him was whether or not he had the big game mentality. As much as his performances, it’s that which has shone through in the last month. He has shown his stuff in a cup semi-final, in a league game against then league leaders Hearts and, most importantly, in a high profile game against a top Bundesliga outfit.
The biggest question has been answered, and in the affirmative. This kid has worked so hard over the last three or four years; he is now ready to stake his claim. And the manager and the club are united in believing he has what it takes.
Ryan Christie, congratulations. There are players in the game who would never be able to do what you’ve done in the past few months. Their heads would have gone down. They would have fallen further and further out of the running. But you grabbed your chance, and you’ve got your reward.
This is a great day for the player, for the club and for the fans.
We’ve got a gem here. A little polish, and he’ll be a superstar.
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