Ryan Christie’s Celtic career hasn’t gone the way anyone would’ve liked so far.
It’s now gotten to the stage where it feels like he’s had more loan deals than appearances at Celtic Park. Brendan Rodgers has stated in the past how much he likes the former Inverness forward. This has even been shown this season with several cameo displays.
Yet, whenever Christie has featured this season, we would all be joking if we said he was anything above average. Therefore, is it finally time to admit that the attacker just isn’t cut out for the club?
Don’t get us wrong, he’s a good footballer. Nobody can say that isn’t the case as he’s proved his quality on plenty of occasions. The problem is the fact that he just isn’t Celtic class.
Let’s look at his performances so far this season. He’s now made eight appearances this term. Can you remember a standout moment outside of his dive against Rangers? If you can then fair play to you because you must have some memory.
He has the ability to dazzle on the ball at times, but he doesn’t have a sufficient end product to go with it. Instead, Christie flatters to deceive and hasn’t provided enough in the opportunities he has had to impress.
Too much quality
Then, just look at the quality that is ahead of him in the number 10 role. Tom Rogic can’t and simply won’t be dropped for Christie anytime soon. The Australian put on a sensational performance against St Johnstone to set up four goals. Could you ever see Christie putting in a performance like that against anyone?
The answer is no.
Outside of Rogic, there is Callum McGregor. He has such efficiency and composure on the ball as well as pace and technique. McGregor has now turned into the player that we all hoped Christie would be.
You’re then looking at where Christie could play outside of the number 10 role. Left-mid perhaps? No chance. Lewis Morgan, Scott Sinclair, and Mikey Johnston all have their eyes on that role. Christie won’t jump over any of them in the near-future.
It’s unfortunate – Christie wants to do well at Celtic and we all want him to do well too. But at what stage do we say that enough is enough and that he isn’t good enough anymore?
One day, the attacker will go on to be a star at another club, perhaps even in Scotland. That club, however, certainly won’t be Celtic.