Charlie Christie has sent a funny warning to son Ryan about signing supporters’ autographs.
Charlie spoke to BBC’s Sportsound podcast about positive role-models, and brought up something he once told his son.
Christie Jr has been a shining light at Parkhead this season. Making a total of 30 Hoops appearances and bagging 10 goals, he’s been on fire in Glasgow this term.
But his father has always ensured that his feet have been kept firmly on the ground. And, touching on Christie Jr’s behaviour off the park, Charlie told the BBC Sportsound podcast (57:00) of a slight warning he once gave him.
“I can only talk for my son (with regards to being a positive role model).
“I said to him ‘if I ever see you refusing an autograph I’ll boot your a*** from here to kingdom come.
“It’s a pet hate of mine. I takes 10 seconds of your day to do it.”
Clear to see where Christie’s positive attitude comes from
In fairness to Ryan, he’s been nothing but a ray of light to the Celtic support since breaking into the team. He’s paused for many photos and autographs with he Hoops supporters, and now we know why.
Charlie of course spent a brief time in Glasgow between 1987 and 1989. Unfortunately, he never made a senior appearance, and instead spent most of his time with the reserves. That was before he went back to Caley in 1989 after failing to settle in Glasgow.
But it doesn’t look like his son has had that same problem. Ryan has now been at Celtic for three-and-a-half years, and has been one of the hardest workers in terms of breaking through into the Hoops ranks.
Three different loan spells showed that Christie clearly had the right attitude to go away and improve on the park.
Fortunately, it’s clear his father has put the fear of God in him to now make sure he shows that same attitude off the park too.