Ryan Christie: an exciting prospect or unfulfilled potential?

By David Walton

September 6, 2018

With opportunities set to open up for him, Is Ryan Christie a prospect or unfulfilled potential?

Moussa Dembele’s transfer deadline-day move to Lyon leaves Celtic short of options up top. With just Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard as the only two strikers available, Brendan Rodgers has decisions to make.

This has led to the Celtic manager claiming that opportunities are now opening up for forgotten-man Christie. To the supporters, this is an issue that will split them down the middle.

Ryan Christie is set to be handed opportunities this season (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Christie is a life-long Celtic fan, and therefore the fan-base will be right behind him in his quest for Hoops glory. But his reintroduction to first-team affairs at Celtic Park shows just how much the club has weakened this summer.

Rodgers clearly likes Christie, and there’s no doubt there’s a player there. But this the same man who failed to perform to any great degree at Aberdeen last season.

It leads to the question whether Christie is still a prospect, or whether he’s just unfulfilled potential.

Room for development

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle star is 23-years-old, so still has plenty of room and time for development. He would’ve perhaps hoped to come on more during his time at Aberdeen, but he’s still full of flair.

Playing first-team football in Scotland over the last two years has stopped him from regressing. That could be a big boost for Celtic heading into the next phase of the season.

He’s always been viewed as one for the future ever since Ronny Deila signed him in the summer of 2015. There’s no doubting, however, that supporters would’ve hoped for a bigger impact from him in recent years.

Christie spent a productive time at Aberdeen (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

At the age he is, Christie would’ve hoped to make more appearances for Celtic. As is stands, he’s made only 18 in the three years he’s been in Glasgow.

With the youngster, he just seems too overly-eager to impress at times. His dive in the Glasgow Derby on Sunday was testament to that.

A prolonged run of games hasn’t really been there for him in recent times, and that’s worked against him. Despite being a key player for Inverness and Aberdeen, he hasn’t yet been for Celtic.

As it stands, Christie remains unfulfilled potential. Fortunately for him, he has a huge chance to be a Celtic success story when it looked as though time was running out.

Rodgers is placing his trust in him, and you feel the manager doesn’t have much option with his squad depth. This, you have to imagine, will be Christie’s final chance to impress before patience runs out.