Hamilton boss Brian Rice, whose side takes on Celtic in league duty on Saturday, has nothing but admiration for one of the Hoops’ key men of the last year – Ryan Christie.

Rice worked with Christie when the Celtic midfielder was still an Inverness player. He is not surprised that Christie has gone on to find success at Celtic Park.

“Ryan is a fantastic footballer” Rice said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“I just knew the kid was special”

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“When I first went to Inverness, John Hughes said to me, ‘You need to see this kid we’ve got’, and as soon as I saw him in the first training session I just knew the kid was special.”

“He’s a terrific talent, and he wants to improve and get better and better.”

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Christie has established himself as a mainstay in the Hoops side over the last year. Credit for that has to be given to former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. He found a place for Christie in the first-team.

Scored a remarkable number of goals

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His stock his continued to rise under Neil Lennon, and this season so far he has scored a remarkable eight goals.

Christie is also one of the few Scotland players who can hold their head high following the recent losses to Russia and Belgium.

Christie looks as if he will be a mainstay of the Celtic side for years to come. Rice will be going all out to stop the player when his team faces Celtic on Saturday. But he must be pleased to see a player he worked with doing so well.

 

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