John Hughes details how Ryan Christie earned move to Celtic

By John Reid

January 4, 2020

Celtic’s Ryan Christie has turned out to be one of the Hoops’ best signings in recent years. He has starred for Celtic over the last 12 months, and has scored 30 goals for the club.

Now Christie’s former manager at Inverness, John Hughes, has detailed the circumstances behind Christie’s move to the Hoops in 2015.

“I kept saying to John Collins, when he was in at Celtic with Ronny Deila, that we had a star in Ryan” Hughes said, as reported by the Evening Times.

“You can see his talent”

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“I remember we were losing 4-0 to Celtic at Parkhead, and we brought Ryan on, and he scored one, and we ended up losing 4-2. After the game I said to Ronny Deila ‘surely you can see his talent’ and on the Monday they came in with a bid, and we never stepped in his way because he’s a Celtic boy.”

Christie had to bide his time, but in the end his move to Celtic has turned out to be a success. It is to look at how Celtic moved for Christie after he impressed against them in a performance.

That is not really something that has happened at the club in recent years. The Hoops did try to sign David Turnbull in the summer, but that was after a series of performances, and not just one game.

One of the most successful recent domestic signings

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Ryan Christie has to go down as one of the success stories when it comes to Celtic domestic signings in recent years. That isn’t always the case, look at Jack Hendry for example. He has struggled at Celtic since joining the club from Dundee.

You need a great mentality to make the step-up from a provincial team to Celtic, and Christie has shown that he has that. It was all spotted against the Hoops in a game at Celtic Park a few years ago.