Former Celtic midfielder, Ryan Christie has said that the few months he spent under Ange Postecgolou almost made him think twice about leaving the club.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Scottish Cup Final, Christie says he was impressed with the Celtic gaffer and isn’t surprised at the success he has had at the club.

Christie said [BBC], “I got to see first-hand for a couple of months how good Ange was.

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“It was one of the main things in my head when I was thinking about staying. I was really impressed and it’s not a surprise to me what Celtic have done since he came through the door.

“I got a pre-season under him and I loved the way he wanted to play and loved the way he got his point across on the training pitch.

“He was so all or nothing with his beliefs. When you have that absolute mindset, it normally pays off and you’re seeing that with the Celtic team right now.”

Would Ryan Christie have fitten into Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team?

Absolutely. Christie at that time had a phenomenal engine and would have been a brilliant component in the Celtic manager’s pressing style.

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We got to see fleeting glimpses of the attacking midfielder under Ange as he helped u negotiate the Europa League qualifying rounds to reach the group stages after defeating Jablonec (in which he scored) AZ Alkmaar.

Christie also created three assists in Ange’s Celtic Park debut in the 6-0 demolition of Dundee. Unfortunately, the now Bournemouth midfielder couldn’t stop the early season defeat against Rangers as Celtic lost the first Glasgow Derby under Ange 1-0 to Rangers. [Transfermarkt]

Christie eventually opted to join the English side in the second tier and helped them reach the English Premier League in the same season. Now that Christie has secured his EPL status, he is set to resume TV duties as he watches both of his former clubs contest the Scottish Cup Final this Saturday.

In other news, Martin O’Neill celebrates Celtic anniversary with ‘phenomenal’ Trophy Day tweet

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