Chris Sutton reckons Eddie Howe can perform a rehabilitation job on Ryan Christie’s Celtic career, much in the same way Brendan Rodgers did with James Forrest.
Christie is reported to have a contract that expires at the end of this calendar year, just like Forrest did when Rodgers arrived at the club.
The former Celtic boss made the winger a priority player and he’s since become an integral part of the squad, winning an impressive haul of medals.
Sutton reckons Howe could perform a similar miracle, telling The Daily Record: “Christie was understood to be the subject of interest from Bournemouth a couple of years ago. And we all know who the Bournemouth manager was back then.
“If Eddie Howe walks in the front door of Celtic Park and tells Christie he’s going to be a main man, it might just sway the situation.
“Remember the effect Rodgers had on James Forrest? The new boss made a point of singling him out and telling him how important he could be to him and the rest is history.
“Forrest reacted to that when he looked odds on to leave. Although it’s unlikely I wouldn’t completely rule out the same thing happening with Christie if it is Howe who does indeed arrive.”
Ryan Christie isn’t a Celtic lost cause and Eddie Howe will know that
I reckon Sutton makes a good point here. In fact, it’s an article idea I had on my docket before I read his column.
Christie has been highly criticised this season and rightly so. He has a number of bad habits. The primary one that gets a bad reaction out of supporters is his decision-making and wayward long range shooting ability.
However, that’s not enough to write off a Celtic career. Not even close. Christie is still one of the most talented members of our squad and with the right coaching can again thrill fans.
Even this season, undoubtedly a poor one for him and for the Bhoys, has resulted in 21 direct goal contributions between his own finishes and assists for others.
If Howe is indeed our new boss, keep an open mind on Christie. It’s not over yet.