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. Good Afternoon CQN


    It is with Huge Sadness I post today


    At 12.58 I lost one of the greatest loves of my full life.


    Rest in Peace


    Janet Noel McCabe,


    better known as Mum, Gran and great Gran to our family


    May perpetual light shine upon you

  2. Oh St Stivs


    That photie of the Denny Bhoys


    A few of my Dads family in that ( cousins)


    My Gran ( dad’s side) was a Denny Ghirl

  3. MIT


    Some of my family are due back from Toronto tomorrow


    Unfortunately Mum just couldn’t keep fighting and any longer

  4. Norriem.


    Sorry to hear your sad news.


    Thinking of you and your loved ones at this sad time.


    Hail Hail

  5. Jimthetim53


    I would like to thank you for the music early in the morning


    I knew what I would need to face today


    And Mum could listen to hymns all day long on a loop ( Protestant ones ?)

  6. Norrie,


    So sorry to hear about your Mum. I know exctly how you’re feeling, having lost my Mum six years ago yesterday. She’s still with me though.


    Sincere condolences to you and your family and all who knew her.

  7. Norriem


    Sorry to hear about your great loss. In time, the precious memories will smooth the sadness.

  8. Sorry for your loss Norrie. Rest In Peace Janet. Remember the good times, take care of yourself, and your family.

  9. Norriem: Condolences to you and your family on the sad loss of your mother.



    Ar dheis láimh Dhé go raibh a hanam uasal.

  10. Norrie, sorry to learn of your loss. We all only have one mammy and it’s a sore one when they go home to God.

  11. Norriem. Sincere condolences to you and all your dear mother’s loved ones on her passing from this life to the Eternal Paradise. Will keep her in my prayers and remember her at Mass tomorrow . Rest in peace Janet.

  12. Norrie, we are so sorry to hear the sad news of Janet’s passing. May God grant her eternal rest….Thoughts and prayers for Janet and your family….?

  13. Jobo, my mother ended up with dementia and it was rather upsetting every time I came over tae see her. One day I said tae my auntie that I wish it was all over and she replied the same as you “don’t say that son as you’ve only got one mammy. Sorry tae hear about your loss Norrie

  14. All this talk about our board at the time and torbett it’s worth remembering that when the bunnet took over he only kept one member on, Tom Grant

  15. Thank you all so much for the thoughts and prayers


    Hugely appreciated by my family


    Also thanks to those who have dropped me a text message


    CQN has given me a lot of very good family members ?



    If I can respond to a couple of posters ( who know my family well)


    TH, my sister will be boarding a plane shortly ( j & rest of family trying to see if they can get on the flight)


    BhoyfromSky – there is another Cowie family currently sitting in Intensive care, whom you know ( my dad’s cousins from the berryhill)

  16. prestonpans bhoys on



    Sad to hear of your loss, similarly I lost my mum in May . It’s a raw moment but I was touched , and you will be too, by the number of condolences and prayers offered by the good folk on CQN

  17. Sincere Sympathies NorrieM.


    May Janet Rest in Peace


    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.