Ryan Christie keeps reminding Celtic of his value but the ball is in his court
Ryan Christie was at it again yesterday, however what he produced at Celtic Park against Dundee may just be his best performance of the season yet.
Christie has shone against Midtjylland and netted a superb goal in Jablonec on Thursday night. But in our first home Premiership game of the season, he produced the best performance he’s put in for Celtic in well over a year.
Celtic dismantled Dundee 6-0, and Christie got in on the act with an incredible three assists. Stat experts WhoScored incredibly gave the attacker a perfect 10 out of 10 for his performance too.
Christie produced two sublime defence-splitting balls through to Kyogo Furuhashi yesterday and showed unreal footwork to assist Tom Rogic also. It was the perfect performance, with eight key passes on record from the Scotland international [WhoScored].
He’s become a huge part of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic setup, and it’s clear he’s now an invaluable member of the starting XI. Whether he starts against Jablonec on Thursday remains to be seen, but he’ll definitely be in the side for Hearts’ visit in the League Cup next Sunday.
Ryan Christie is producing wonders for Celtic, but now for the elephant in the room
In all honesty, however, if ever there was a time for Christie not to perform, it’s now. At least from a Celtic perspective. Focusing on his long-term replacement would’ve been ideal considering Christie’s contract is up in the summer.
Postecoglou has yet to be overly committal about whether the player will stay. However, he has confirmed how much he admires Christie and that he’ll continue to be selected so long as he’s available [The Herald].
But it’s all just words for now. It doesn’t matter how enthusiastic Christie has been since Postecoglou has come in the door. It doesn’t matter how many good performances he produces. We know what his long-term worth is even if he keeps reminding us of it.
The ball is now in the player’s court. You have to wonder what Christie is waiting for too given how well he’s started the season. The prospect of losing him in January will be even more frustrating if he’s a key player in our squad.
And as such, the Celtic fans are urging the club to reach a solution soon given the player’s importance. Here’s a look at the reaction to Christie’s sensational performance yesterday: