Ryan Christie addresses leaving Celtic; says he tries to promote Scottish football

By David Walton

November 14, 2021

Ryan Christie has moved to explain why he felt he had to leave Celtic and taste life in the English Championship with Bournemouth.

Many Celtic fans raised an eyebrow when the boyhood Hoops supporter decided to leave the club for England’s second-tier on the last day of the transfer window. Despite being a key player under Ange Postecoglou, Christie decided enough was enough and sealed a £2.5m move to the Cherries [Sky Sports].

Christie could’ve been shining for Celtic at the top of the Premiership and in the Europa League this season. Instead, he’s decided to swap it all for a gruelling campaign in the Championship.

Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

And speaking to the Glasgow Times, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle star has moved to explain why he felt he had to make the move:

“There were multiple reasons why I decided to move on. But the new challenge at different places was definitely one of them. It’s been a bit of a breath of fresh air and I am really relishing the football side of it.

“I try to promote Scottish football as much as I can to all the Bournemouth boys and nobody really knows much. But then I am actually quite surprised at how much I didn’t know about the Championship.

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“I knew Stoke City had a big stadium, but then you visit places like Bristol City and it’s a massive ground. It’s been to play at these places as, although Scotland has some great stadiums, after all those years it’s nice to have a change.”

From Celtic to the Championship – a move that we simply can’t relate to

You can understand what Christie’s thought process would’ve been. Go down to Bournemouth, win the Championship, and get access to the English Premier League. To be fair to him, he’s succeeding so far as his team sit top of the tree in England’s second tier.

However, there were other avenues into England’s top flight. Had Christie shone with Celtic in Europe this season, he would’ve been a man in demand next year. He could’ve easily attracted EPL interest and made his way to that particular league directly.

After all, look at how many of our top performers have moved to the EPL without a stop-gap. The list is endless over the last 8 years in particular. Christie could’ve been one of those players whilst paying us back for the disappointment of last season.

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You can never have a pop at a player for wanting to try something different. And the truth is you’ll never truly understand the emotions and pressures that come with deciding what’s best for your long-term future.

But as a move, Celtic to the Championship just isn’t something we can relate to as Hoops supporters. Not when you could be taking our title back from Rangers and helping us to reign supreme in Scotland once more.

As much as Ryan tries to explain this one, we’ll never truly be able to empathise with how he felt.

In other news, Bayer Leverkusen have a lengthy injury list heading into Celtic fixture