Christie following the Forrest, McGregor and Tierney path


As you may have noticed, Celtic had a disappointing transfer window.  No doubt as a direct consequence of this, Ryan Christie was not released for the final year of his contract, just as he had been for spells during each of his initial three seasons as a Celtic player.  He made 13 appearances for Celtic and 67 as a player on loan from the club.

Two months after the end of the transfer window and negotiations are underway on a deal to keep the player at the club beyond next year, deservedly so.

I would love to believe this was the plan all along, that we knew Ryan just needed to add those 20kg and he would be ready to be a creative fulcrum, but I suspect he was below radar and this season’s blossoming surprised everyone outside the Christie household.

At 23, the same age as Jack Hendry, he is still young enough to continue developing.  He is two years younger than Callum McGregor, whose fortunes he has linked with in recent weeks.  The prodigious football nations of Eastern Europe do not have the luxury of signing players from even the markets Celtic shop in.  Instead, they develop players like Ryan and Callum into the graduates who eventually travel west for money we cannot afford.

In a different era, Kieran Tierney would have left Celtic without getting sufficient first team opportunities.  Young talent once withered on the vine at Celtic.  Let’s hope Kieran, Callum and Ryan, like James Forrest before them, are part of an onward trend.

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  1. What is the Stars on

    Mike in Toronto ( from the last article)







    What should it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.







    Seems most people are prepared to value their souls very cheaply





    Cut my taxes …Yahoo ,do what you want…I never even knew the camps existed, Chimneys ??? What Chimneys





    I didnt see no darn tootin chimneys I just saw the extra few dollars in my pay cheque ….Yahoo

  2. A.I. will soon mean even those jobs will be a thing of the past. Its coming. Blogging is the way forward. They’re aw doing it.

  3. weebobbycollins on

    MIT @ 12.17…..I think I’ll join the queue for the first Elon Musk/Richard Branson flight out of here……only to discover that no matter where I go, the Ohio Meat Packers will be there before me…

  4. mike in toronto on




    I would never wish eternal damnation on anyone (except maybe Maggie Thatcher.. okay … no maybes about that one… and a few others) ….



    But if people want to end up in the fiery place, let them … I just don’t want them getting there on the backs of the poor and innocent

  5. Alasdair MacLean on




    I know you don’t seem to engage in dialogue these days, but I can’t let this one pass. Maybe others can answer for you.



    Your article gives the distinct impression that Ryan Christie was a “Celtic youngster”.



    Now you and I know, that is not true.



    He was a well established first team player for Inverness Caley-Thistle was he not?



    Why not, for the sake of honesty, mention how many first-team appearances he had for them?



    I’m not checking, maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t Celtic’s purchase of Ryan Christie for half a million quid not contribute to Inverness’s relegation?



    Of Celtic’s recent Scottish players, …..last decade or so….how many were actually reared at Celtic?

  6. Alasdair MacLean on




    I can think of at least 2 who withered on the vine as a direct result of, (or at least coincided with), having been signed / bought by Celtic.

  7. In other news, I’ve also put on 20kg over the last few years. Where’s my new contract Celtic?



    HH jg

  8. If Calmac keeps playing as he has of late;if Christie keeps improving as he has done and if Big Tom adds consistency, then we will have some very , classy players.


    he Big Question, though, is: What about Scott Brown?


    Could he play behind a back three or did that idea go out with Helenio Herrera?



  9. mike in toronto on




    Initially, I wrote ‘being mauled by a big teddy bear’ … but then my own lawyer (me) thought ‘teddy bear’ could, in this context, be construed as a zombie fan, which probably is libellous, so my own lawyer (me again) made me change it to ‘Care Bear’.




  10. mike in toronto on

    Ohio Meat Packers? Always loved ‘Love Rollercoaster’?



    Back to my trial prep …so on and off the blog at the moment … apologies if I miss a reply. Will check in as and when ..




  11. AMcL


    Dylan McGeogh, James Forrest, Callam McGregor, Charlie Mulgrew. Aiden McGeady. Shaun Maloney?

  12. What is the Stars on

    Mike in Toronto


    If I may offer some help with your trial prep.



    Have you tried…Guilty your Honour.


    Apparently its a great time saver

  13. Stairheedrammy on

    Have the SFA announced the decision to award Sevco 4 points for a win yet, or will they spring that on us whenever they hear the goat call?



  14. Hi Paul67,



    Now you come to mention it, on reflection, maybe the window could have been better.



    I’m glad Ryan Christie stayed, I always thought he was a good player and did well at Aberdeen however his progress this season has been immense – I believe we may see him more challenged in Europe and when the hammer throwers target him… but for me he’s always been a smart player and his extra physicality means he’ll cope.



    As you say, 23 if he progresses the way he’s being going what a prospect.



    We need to start getting more young Scots developed.



    IMO Stewart Regan’ s tenure as SFA CEO was the equivalent of a burnt earth policy… look at the national team, a tragedy.



    But in contrast look at the progress some of our players have made… Brendan has a real gift in this regard, his team have worked wonders and as you say, with our strong financials, the likes of Kieran staying on is great, getting a further two or three seasons out of these bhoys is huge.



    Team works the key here… Upwards and Onwards



    Hail Hail

  15. Alasdair MacLean on




    Thanks for the reply.



    So that’s 6…in ten years, including Dylan, who was hardly a regular in the first team.



    I think what I’m getting at is that this is an area that Celtic really should be asking themselves where they are going wrong in this area instead of falsely passing-off Ryan Christie as one of Celtic’s success stories.



    It just hit a nerve with me. I really would like to see the youngsters in this country better treated and developed, by all teams. Celtic, in their position of being the country’s far and away leading team, should be setting the pace.



    Not…well you know.

  16. AMcL, btw I’m not disagreeing with you. There should be a lot more. I think its more to do with the young are not that interested in playing ‘real’ fitba these days and would rather play on the xbox. its no coincidence the top leagues in Europe are full of young Africans who looked to football as a way out of poverty.

  17. Alasdair Maclean



    That awkward moment when Paul67 realises it was all down to Terry Butcher….

  18. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Celtic FC statement



    FOLLOWING the conviction of Mr James Torbett at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Celtic Football Club wishes to express our deep regret that the incidents took place and sympathy for the victims who suffered abuse. We are grateful for the courage of those who have come forward to report abuse and to give evidence after such a long period of time. We have great respect for them and their families as they continue to cope with the distressing effects of the abuse they suffered.


    Allegations regarding abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club first emerged in the 1990s. Although Celtic Football Club is an entirely separate organisation, we have always taken these allegations extremely seriously because of our historic contacts with Celtic Boys’ Club. All investigations by the police and other inquiries were given our full support. We encouraged any individuals involved to report all information to the police so that matters could be investigated fully. Celtic Football Club continues to encourage any victim of abuse to report these crimes to the police.


    After the allegations became known in the 1990s, Celtic Football Club took steps to develop a new code of conduct and procedures to protect young people. Since then, Celtic Football Club has been at the leading edge of putting welfare and safeguarding protections in place for our young people. We were the first club in Scotland to appoint a safeguarding officer, developing policies for the protection of young people and monitoring and reviewing our procedures to ensure they continue to reflect best practice.


    The abuse of children is an issue affecting many areas of society, including a large number of football clubs, sports clubs, youth organisations, educational institutions and religious bodies across Britain. Celtic Football Club strongly believes that children and young people involved in football have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse and is committed to ensuring this and to promoting their wellbeing through continued cooperation with our children and young people, parents and carers and the relevant authorities.

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