Former Celtic hero Ryan Christie is already leaving Bournemouth supporters speechless

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Ryan Christie is certainly flourishing since swapping Celtic for Bournemouth in the summer.

The Scotland international is currently a key cog in Scott Parker’s table-topping machine, with the Cherries sitting pretty with a 5-point lead in the Championship.

Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

Christie’s influence on that can’t be underestimated. Whilst he’s yet to get on the scoresheet for his new club, he has managed to bag 5 assists in 9 appearances since his summer move [Transfermarkt]. Not to mention he’s started 8 out of a possible 9 times. Indeed, Parker seems to be loving what he’s bringing to the table.

The former Parkhead treble-winner has also caught the eye of his teammates too. Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke has only recently been talking him up, stating Bournemouth were “lucky” to have him in their ranks [Bournemouth Echo].

And despite not getting his name on a goal or an assist in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town, he managed to catch the eye with something else. Something rather unique.

Ryan Christie dazzles Bournemouth fans with stunning piece of skill

The footage in question shows Christie collecting a long diagonal pass to the right flank. However, instead of taking it down, he ridiculously takes it with a first-time back-flick to his strike partner. It may not have ended in a goal, but it was a stupendous piece of technique from the 9-in-a-row winner.

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It shows just how comfortably he’s adapted to life in England’s second-tier. Even if you can continue to question swapping Parkhead for the Vitality, he’s clearly enjoying his football.

For many, it would’ve been interesting to see just how Christie performed under Ange Postecoglou over the course of a full campaign. He looked like a rejuvenated player in the early stages, and it’s disappointing that we’ll never find out what he could’ve achieved had he stayed.

Not that it’s bothering him all that much. He’s thriving at the moment, and Celtic are getting on just fine in the post-Christie days too.

Even so, take a look at some of the reaction to his magical footwork from the weekend. Unsurprisingly, it’s taken many Bournemouth supporters aback:

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