Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou would "love" to keep Ryan Christie

By Euan Davidson

July 24, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has delivered a clear message over the future of Ryan Christie.

Christie was excellent again for Celtic today, showing some exceptional touches, moving dangerously and scoring a goal, albeit one bundled in by West Ham stopper Darren Randolph.

He was taken off in the second half, when West Ham turned the screw, ultimately beating the Bhoys 6-2.

Ahead of the game, Ange Postecoglou was asked about selecting Ryan Christie, who endured a difficult 20-21 season.

The Celtic boss said [Premier Sports]:

“Yeah, he was outstanding on Tuesday night, particularly when we went down to ten men.

“As everyone knows when you go down to ten men, you need people to put in an extra shift, and he did the work of two. He’s such an intelligent player but also one that’s willing to work hard for the team.

“In terms of his future, I’m pretty consistent: there are things that I can’t control. I’d love to keep him at the football club if he wants to stay, but right now he’s a contracted player, he’s got a few months to go on his deal and he’s training awfully hard.

“If he keeps playing like he [did] Tuesday night, I’ll keep selecting him.”

Celtic man Ryan Christie excellent again today; surely a Bhoys offer on the cards?

The situation of Ryan Christie is interesting, confusing and frustrating all in one.

Already, he’s showing that in the right position and under the right boss, Christie can be an excellent player again. Even in his first season under Lennon, he was more than effective.

One bad season doesn’t make a bad player, and it’s worth remembering how popular Christie was before 20-21 trundled on.

As for Ange Postecoglou, is he saying that he’s going to pick players regardless of the situations beyond his control? Or is it a vote of confidence? A chance to give a player a fond farewell from the fans, even?

There are number of questions here, but you have to imagine Celtic aren’t keen on losing Christie. He’s got the endorsement of Chris Sutton, who can’t get his head around how he’s been managed by the club.

A strange situation, indeed. However, he showed again today just how good he can be. A Scotland international, Christie has the technical prowess and work rate to be a key player for Celtic.

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