BRENDAN RODGERS wants to deal in Betfred League Cup semi-final hero Ryan Christie.

The classy midfielder made a massive impact when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 trouncing of Hearts at Murrayfield yesterday.

Christie, who is out of contract in the summer, was involved in all three goals – including a marvellous finish for the third – to set up a Hampden showdown with Aberdeen on December 2.

Rodgers said: “Ryan was just sensational. He’s someone, of course, we would look to commit to.

“The club have been talking to his representatives, but I’m not aware of any movement.

“Ryan is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player. You saw his contribution.

“You saw it at Aberdeen when he was there. It was step by step, but now he’s 23. He’s at a really good age, so he can make a valuable contribution to this team.

“Olivier Ntcham felt a tightness in his hamstring and it was weighing up the risk.

“When you have Ryan on the bench you have a decision to make and I felt his energy and goal threat could help.

“I always felt Ryan could come back and then make a contribution because you need that personality to play for the big clubs and play in big games.

“He’s shown that. He’s come into games, he started games and you saw his impact.

“Ryan scored a brilliant goal and was involved in two others. It’s all part of the development for him and it was great to see.”

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