Top level scouts chase Ryan Christie but he's loving life in Glasgow, says father Charlie

By John McGinley

July 22, 2020

Charlie Christie, the father of Celtic star Ryan, has no doubt that top level scouts have the Hoops midfielder on their radar this summer, The Glasgow Times reports.

However, the Inverness Caledonian Thistle legend is adamant that his son is loving life at the Scottish champions.

Earlier this month there were reports that Christie was in contract talks with the club, with his current deal set to expire in 2022.

In the time since his last renewal in 2018 he has been in exceptional form in attacking midfield, becoming a key part of our trophy success under Neil Lennon.

As a result, Charlie reckons a host of big clubs will now be looking at his progress.

As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “I have no doubt there will be other clubs looking at him. To score 20 goals from midfield by March, it would be mad for scouts not to have him on their radar, and I mean at the very top level.

“I would temper that by saying that he’s having the time of his life at Celtic. He’s got a nice flat in a nice area of Glasgow and he says there’s a real bond in the changing room and he’s very close friends with a lot of guys in there.

“I think Ryan could play at that level, there are a lot of Celtic players who could. They have an abundance of talent. We watch the English Premier League and see how John McGinn has thrived, how Stuart Armstrong is doing so well. I just don’t think we give our players enough credit.”

Christie may still be getting up to speed this pre-season but it can’t be denied he’s been one of our most important players over the last 18 months.

Scoring 19 goals and assisting 16 more throughout 2019/20 (Transfermarkt), only Odsonne Edouard has had a bigger impact on our attacking prowess.

Tying him down to longer a contract at Celtic Park should be one of the club’s big recruitment goals over the next few weeks and months.

Ryan Christie in action against Nice / (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Doing it now, while he’s still excited about playing for the club and living in Glasgow, is the right thing.

Hopefully his father’s comments are a sign that he’s looking for a good Celtic deal, rather than thinking of entertaining a move away.

In other news, Chris Sutton is concerned about the depth in Lennon’s squad and wants the club to crack on with transfers.