Charlie Christie wanted Ryan to stay at Celtic this summer

By David Walton

September 19, 2021

Ryan Christie believes his father Charlie is getting unfair stick for his departure from Celtic, despite wanting him to stay at Parkhead.

Christie surprisingly left Celtic for Bournemouth this summer in a surprising decision. The attacker clearly has his eyes on the English Premier League, but he left the club at the start of what appears to be an exciting new era under Ange Postecoglou.

In the past, Christie’s dad Charlie, who also once played for Celtic, talked up his son’s talents and ability to play in the EPL [Daily Record]. This led to many raising an eyebrow as to what Christie’s long-term future could hold.

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As we know, he would leave without signing a new contract only last month. All of a sudden, Celtic are without one of their key attackers. However, Christie has stated that his father Charlie instead wanted him to remain in Glasgow and that he had “Celtic-tinted glasses” on throughout the summer.

As quoted by the Sunday Mail [print edition, 19/09, page 79], Christie said: “My dad actually wanted me to stay at Celtic. I went against his wishes by going! But he’s the one who seems to be getting more flak than me, with people saying he encouraged me to go.

“It was the opposite. My dad was so pro-staying at Celtic. He’s always been like that because he loved his time at the club – and loved me playing there. He was looking at my options with his Celtic-tinted glasses on.

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“He always wanted me to stay. But he also wanted me to do what I felt was best for my career. And I’m very lucky to have someone like him who’s been through the football world and come out the other side. He’s got a bit of stick, which is harsh – but quite funny as well.”

Charlie Christie receiving stick for Ryan’s Celtic departure

It’s not surprising to see Charlie cop some flak for Ryan’s departure. The fact is that he never truly came across as overly-willing for him to stay in the media. Comments about him potentially being watched by English clubs wasn’t needed.

Yes, it was likely just a father talking up the qualities of his son. You can hardly blame him too much for doing so. But why he felt the need to bring England into the equation is difficult to fathom. Not least because it helps put the idea in Ryan’s head about what he could potentially achieve down south.

What angers many about this move isn’t the switch itself. If Christie always wanted to try his luck down south, you can’t have a pop at that. He isn’t the first and won’t be the last. Being a Celtic supporter doesn’t mean you have to tie yourself to the club for life.

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However, it’s the fact the player was happy to let his contract run down that’s the disappointing aspect of this. Had he simply signed a new deal, he could even have inserted a release clause into his contract. It would’ve allowed Celtic to get much better value for a player of his ability.

Instead, he wanted to jump down south the first chance he had this summer. He’s now landed at Bournemouth, which is a questionable destination to say the least. Hopefully he manages to prove himself and make a positive impression in England.

But from a Celtic perspective, you can see why there is a tinge of anger towards Christie Sr and Jr.

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