Christie and managing your assets


Surely Ryan Christie deserves a season at Celtic to show what he can do?  It was a sound enough idea to buy him and immediately loan him back to Inverness.  He has flourished at Aberdeen, but with only 10 Celtic appearances in what will be three years since joining the club, he has not been given a platform to show what he has.

I get that competition is great for the creative mid spots at Celtic, but our plan should be to develop players into first team regulars, or enhance their value and sell them profitably.  Ryan is doing well enough at Aberdeen to attract interest from the Football League, but with a few medals and perhaps Champions League experience under his belt, he would be a more valuable asset.

Celtic players are worth more than Aberdeen players, just as Manchester City and PSG players are worth more than Celtic’s.  Bring Ryan in for next season, make a decision on his future, or work to enhance his value to the club.

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  1. Great stuff about Wee Bertie. I attended the same SFA Coaching Course at Largs in the mid-70’s as Wee Bertie – there were some good coaches taking the course, but the wee Mhan stood out the whole fortnight. IImagine trying to coach HIM!



    One quick story. We were being ‘taught’ how to set up to defend a free kick at the edge of the box. Wee Bertie put the ball down as we were all moving the wall, glancing, pointing (under instruction) and Bertie just kicked the ball into the net. Bemused look on the face of Roy Small (some of you MUST remember him) and he asked “What was that for Bertie?” “Object of the game is to score goals, in’it? I just scored” Giggles and sniggers all round.

  2. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Happy Birthday to Bertie Auld. The go-to guy to right wrongs perpetrated on younger team mates.


    Though you didn’t actually have to go to him!!! see Davie Provan,Rangers MK1.

  3. morning all funny how events can multiply tea-time last night i posted about joe mcbrides family history only to find its not family heritage but friends reunited this on the day that charles lazarus passes (founder of toys r us) and then its the legends birthday (a self proclaimed legend) so we have familys r us r us and legends r us all ending cfc ……..lazarus is optional





    THOMTHETHIM was relating a wee tale about nitroglycerine at Royal Ordnance in Bisopton.



    The Admirality,as they miscalled it in Beith.



    Seemed it had to be permanently stirred. I suggested you might mention your experiences of workers with the stuff at Nobel. Inc the infamous NG heid.



    Don’t think people would believe me if I told it!





    Keep an eye out for a reply from BRT&H in your mailbox.

  6. Wee Bertie always has us in stitches with his stories when he visits this side of the pond. A class act who oozes Glasgow Celtic.


    Happy birthday ten thirty.




    He’ll get there,mate.



    I’ll have a trawl through my mails,see if I can find one with the details. Problem is,my phone has twice bootlooped this year already,and I lose loads of stuff restarting it.



    It’s my own fault. It’s got this Siri thing on it,which I’ve never activated. But I frequently tell people it’s the worst thing I’ve ever bought,and I’m sure it’s doing its best to prove it.



    Gimme a few minutes.

  8. The cost of relying on technology.



    During the bad snow period I was fed up with the reversing sensors on my car going off due to them having snow on them. Turned them off. Forgot to turn them back on.



    Leaving Parkrun last Sat morning. Reversing out slowly whilst fiddling with radio, crunch. Reversed into bumper of a large van.



    Pretty deep dent across two panels. Never made an insurance claim in 42 years of driving. Thought fekk it, I’ll just cover the damage cost myself. Excess is £250 anyway.


    Took it to repair centre. Estimated £699. Can’t say for certain though till strip it down , remove bumper etc


    “ hmmm ….ah just go for it. I can’t be erchied dealing with insurance “



    Just collected it. £900. Ouch. All down to sheer carelessness and as I say, over dependance on technology.





    Thanks for your efforts last night – fell asleep reading it :-)


    As it is pretty definitive, I was thinking of Mea Culpa and his penmanship skills. It could be condensed down to a childrens book and read to our children and grand-children – but there’s maybe a chapter still to go :-)


    HH Mate and hi to CCB





    I’ve occasionally had a gentle dig at JF for his verbosity-aye,I know!-but that was a forensic dissection of events,with not a word wasted. He gets a huge cyberpint from me,and I hope he can turn up to claim it next time I’m home.



    I was gonna ask you what you were doing,getting up at 5am in the morning in The Dominican Republic. And then I remembered 5am in Lisbon,when the night was still young!!!

  11. South Of Tunis on

    ” Argentina will probably be too good for us but the players will know what they are meant to be doing . Our last two matches showed perfectly what happens when the man in charge is more suited to selling aubergines down the market .Foreigners often ask me to explain how we ended up being governed by the likes of Berlusconi -it’s not easy but it’s much easier than explaining how a clueless clown was given the job of being National Manager ”



    Sicilian fitba pundit previewing tonight’s Argentina v Italy in Manchester .



    Full on Mad March weather -way down south – 5 minutes of this ,5 minutes of that.





    Aye,you liked her so much,you smashed her face in twice!

  13. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on




    I think I have your e-mail address somewhere but the old address book is failing to locate it.



    Drop me a line at and I will give you all the details of the Lisbon Celebration.



    Briefly: Friday 25th May 2018, Kerrydale Suite, Celtic Park.



    Full three course dinner, welcome drinks, entertainment, charity raffle and auction.



    Roghly 500 attending for a night of laughs, music, and reminiscences of all things Lisbon, Celtic and possibly a second consecutive treble.



    There might even be a Res 12 update seeing I get a lot of you in the one room!



    The Focus will be on the journey of the fans to Lisbon and since then with a few untold stories and tales.



    There will be video presentations and all available trophies will be there for photographs.



    First major Celtic event after the cup final.



    Go Figure.



    All welcome especially friends and family of any of the Lions (Apart from BT as he is a legend in his own right anyway)



    Hail Hail.




  14. A weekend without Celtic is a weekend of hell. DIY for me as a result, get the living room lookng fresh for Spring/Summer. Can’t ewait to get bak to my wee bolt hole in Spain in late April, miss the sun and the heat.



    Twist and Turns- ouch!




    For an even cheekier free kick in a real pressure situation, watch wee Bertie at 6:30s into this clip: Celtic 3 Dukla Prague 1





  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Bertie Auld: Two quick stories:



    Day before the European Cup Semi Final at Hampden against Leeds – Jock Stein takes a tactics session with the players and has the Leeds team set up on a white board.



    “Right, Midfield, They play 4 4 2 with the four being Lorimar, Bremner, Giles and Gray – we play a fluid 4 2 4. We have an away goal lead to protect. Do we withdraw one or more of the forwards to combat their 4 or do we stick to our preferred shape and stick to two in midfield?”



    Bertie Auld: “Stick with the two gaffer!”



    Stein: ” But they have four Bertie, and they are four of the best midfielders in England!”



    Bertie Auld: “And our two are me and Chopper! Nae contest!”






    I was in Clydebank shopping centre with Willie Wallace doing a book signing in the Celtic shop.



    There were two beauty Queens in swimsuits in the shopping centre so we had them come in and pose with Willie. I took some photographs and quick as a flash Willie said send those to Bertie and ring him up – tell him I am here with two dollybirds.



    So while Willie signs the books I ring Bertie:



    Bertie: “Hello son – are you with that we rascal Wispie?”



    BRTH: “Aye we are in Clydebank and I have to tell you that he is here with two great looking birds!”



    Bertie: ” Ach yer arse! The only way that wee bugger could get two great looking birds is if he lifted them out the freezer in Asda!”

  17. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    VFR on 23RD MARCH 2018 8:22 AM





    I’ll take 4 horse owners so she only needs anther 4!







    THUNDER ROAD on 23RD MARCH 2018 8:29 AM






    ……..I will take the remaining 4









    Thanks VFR/Thunder Road



    Can I ask that you email Laura on to confirm details



    Of course that will mean you will have a 50/50 chance on Race 2 unless there is any more punters out there looking to become an owner and win a fabulous prize, whist helping a great cause and then we can spread your risk ( u.e chances of winning) over other races.



    Thunder Road-if you win, I hope you are not going to pick one of your own prints? :-)







  18. South Of Tunis on

    A tale which has a Bertie Auld connection .-(very remote )



    He lived on Panmure St / I lived on Garscube Rd



    There was a foundry at the Firhill end corner of Panmure Street . A place from which really strange noises emerged . Curious and daft me and a pal just had to check it out . . Cue climbing the gates one dark night and entering the building . Place was hoaching with rats . Cue a very quick departure.!!!!!.





    That industry at that time,the rats were probably having A Meeting.



    And claiming over time anaw!





    Got to be honest,nearer I’ve been to an actual rat is running them over at night.



    The smaller the animal,the more difficult it is to brake or swerve in time.



    Apart from that,maybe about three weeks ago,five of them beside the bus stop in Swindon.



    Brazen,as well.



    But not hoachin’!

  21. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Ok, that’s another 6 owners sold. Thanks Smashing Milk Bottles



    So we have 2 spare owners available or 10 if I am feeling ambitious for Laura’s race night







  22. South Of Tunis on

    BMCUW –






    I had a mate who lived in a squat on Freston Rd . Early 70s . Not far from Grenfell Tower .. The gaff was crawling with cockroaches , mice and rats . Whenever I visited ,I never ,ever , accepted the offer to crash on the sofa -no matter what time it was , what the weather was like and whatever condition my condition was in . No way !!!!



    VFR on 23RD MARCH 2018 9:50 AM




    VFR that was EXACTLY what the wee mhan did that day at Largs though instead of side-footing it to Wispy he just clipped it into the net, beating the former Norn Iron international keeper Roddy McKenzie.




    Didn’t Roddy McKenzie play for ROI and not Norn Iron?





    GOD,I’ve had a sheltered life! Only time I’ve seen a cockroach,I didnae even know what I’d seen.



    15 years ago,I was helping a mate out with a house renovation. One problem was the stud wall over the fireplace,which had to go. I pulled it down,and saw-my words,aw these beetles scattering!-from the hollow fireplace.



    Missed them all as well!



    Shouted down the gaffer,told him what had happened. It might have been important,even I knew a nest of beetles was a potential hazard.



    His reply couldn’t be printed on here,bar the word cockroaches. Didnae realise there were so many effs in that word.



    Got a bit of a slagging in the pub for a few weeks. You fancy anything at the races the day? Seen any fast beetles or anything?

  25. My old memory ain’t what it used to be :-(( Just checked about Roddy McKenzie and he was indeed capped by Norn Iron. I’ve lived under the mistaken belief for the last forty years that he played for the Republic.

  26. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Strange man JJ


    But I do love reading him


    I wonder what his story is.


    I love Phil as well and of course our very own James Forrest.


    They all come up on my most watched sites when I’m logging in.



    Cqn is usually first then phil and JJ but jamesybhoy right up there now.


    Oh and Rangers media is on there as well cause I’ve been a very naughty bhoy

  27. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    This west o Scotland bhoy must fly


    Am heading for the Far East


    Have to pick up Maria the cook From Falkirk And take her to Denny.


    Catch yez later




    You’ve just cited my very own reading list. I don’t know what it is about JJ. I always read him and like you I find him a bit strange. He seems to know what’s going on at Sevco but I find his writing a bit forced and repetitive. I don’t believe a single word he writes about his conspiracy theories but strangely enough I believe every word he writes about Sevco. (Says something about me) :-)) His constant ramblings about donations are a bit of a turn off.

  29. South Of Tunis on

    BMCUW –



    The dark and damp bits of that squat ( the kitchen /bathroom) featured beasties called Silverfish and Firebrats . Ugly scary things with lots of antennae. Heebie Geebies .. I quicky learned to p in the dark -putting the light on encouraged those things to move . ( and believe me , I made sure I never had to sit down in that toilet ) .. He became a Dentist -now lives in a house in Chelsea . Drop a crumb in that house and his wife has the Hoover out !!!