Former Celtic star Stuart Armstrong is impressed by Ryan Christie’s progress at the club since he left for Southampton in 2018, praising his international teammate this week, as reported by The Glasgow Times.

Armstrong left the Scottish champions in the summer of 2018 and has gone on to play regularly for Saints in the English Premier League.

Christie has since burst into the Celtic team and made that attacking midfield position his own, scoring 19 goals last season and assisting 16 more in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

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The Scotland cap is still getting up to full speed this term but will no doubt be a crucial player on the quest for ten-in-a-row.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Celtic

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Armstrong enjoys watching him, telling The Glasgow Times: “I’ve known Ryan a long time, having been at Celtic together. And you can see his quality every day in training.

“Especially in these last couple of seasons, he’s taken it to another level with Celtic and has been fantastic.

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“Even in the European games, he excels. He has so much energy. His technique is spot-on, especially his first touch at speed – that’s incredible.

 

“He just poses that attacking threat that every player likes to have. He’s a great player to have in our team.”

A fully fit and motivated Christie is indeed something to behold and hopefully he isn’t too far away from getting back to his best form.

Celtic star Ryan Christie

Celtic star Ryan Christie / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

He has the flexibility to play in different formations but is best utilised through the middle, rather than shunted out wide.

The evidence is there he can be one of our most important players but I’m still waiting for him to truly come alive this season.

Neil Lennon getting the best out of him is crucial to our ambitions.

In other news, Sampdoria have been discussing transfer interest in Celtic target Omar Colley.

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