Emergence of Ryan Christie is Celtic's feelgood story of the season

By John Reid

January 31, 2019

It is not overstating the mark to say that Ryan Christie has changed Celtic’s season.

The attacking midfielder has added a goal threat to a side which looked out of ideas at times.

His goal in the recent 2-0 win over St Johnstone was his ninth of the season, and he also has seven assists.

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That is some return for a player whose looked to be surplus to requirements at one stage.

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Before Christie fought his way into the team, Celtic looked a team bereft of ideas.

Results such as the 0-0 draw with St Mirren showed a team struggling for form.

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The midfield was finding it difficult to function, and the team’s form suffered as a result.

However, since Christie was added to the side, there has been a spark in the team.

Credit for that has to go to both the player, and Brendan Rodgers.

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Christie has grasped the nettle after spending the last 18 months on loan at Aberdeen.

He has made himself undroppable.

Meanwhile Rodgers deserves the credit for giving the player a chance when he seemed to be written off.

Christie is on course for double figures in both goals and assists for this season, which is an excellent achievement.

He has become a natural replacement for Stuart Armstrong in the Hoops side, as the attacking midfielder with an eye for goal.

If he keeps this form up there’s no reason why Christie couldn’t be a Celtic mainstay for years to come.