Former Celtic defender John Hughes has given a fascinating insight into the club’s pursuit of Ryan Christie back in 2015.

The goalscorer from Scotland’s success in Serbia on Thursday, hasn’t always been appreciated in Glasgow in recent months.

But Hughes, who gave the attacker his chance Inverness Caley Thistle, rates him higher than most.

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And he exclusively told 67 Hail Hail about the moment when ex-Hoops boss Ronny Deila was converted into a Christie admirer.

Yogi references a game between ourselves and ICT at Parkhead in August 2015.

“Unfortunately, I think we were about 3-0 down at half-time”, he said.

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“Celtic eventually beat us 4-2 but Ryan came on, scored a great goal and set a goal up.

“He was absolutely different class in the second-half.

“After the game, I walked in for a cup of tea with Ronny, John and big Kendo and I said (pointing to Christie) ‘that’s genius’.


“And, to be fair, Ronny said ‘I can see it’.

“I think two weeks later the deal was done.”

Christie still divides the Celtic support at times

Hughes’ working all seems to make sense, with Christie becoming a Celtic player soon after the match before returning to the Highlands on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old then had to wait a further three years before eventually getting to shine for the Hoops under Brendan Rodgers and then Neil Lennon.

Christie can be a frustrating player at times, but his goals return alone shows that he has been a key signing for the club.

Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie must self-isolate

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard with Ryan Christie / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

As per Celtic Fitba Stats, he has netted 37 goals for the club, with 20 of those coming in 44 games last season.

Christie has the ability to make a real difference for us, and could be a key player over the next few months with James Forrest still on the sidelines.

You only have to spend ten minutes in the company of Yogi to be a devoted Christie lover. He speaks so highly of his former player.

Let’s hope Christie has everyone crying once again this season, for all the right reasons.

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