RYAN CHRISTIE is about to become a Celtic player after his club Inverness Caley Thistle this morning accepted Celtic’s improved offer to sign the talented young midfielder.

On their official website the Highlands club have this morning stated:

“As a result of a further approach from Celtic FC, and following discussions with the management team and the player, the board of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC can confirm that Ryan Christie has been given leave to travel to Glasgow to discuss personal terms.”

Christie will become a Celtic player later today subject to passing his medical in Glasgow.

John Hughes, the ex- Celtic defender who is now managing Inverness, stated at the weekend that he was struggling to attract players to Inverness and was seeking additional loan recruits from Celtic.

As part of the Ryan Christie transfer the player is expected to be loaned back to the Highlanders for the rest of this season, continuing Ronny Deila’s policy of sending his promising youngsters out on loan to gain valuable first team experience and to keep the size of the first team squad lower in numbers than it has been ┬áin recent years.

Liam Henderson has been loaned to Hibs in the Championship for this season under this policy.

Hughes, who managed Anthony Stokes while having him on loan from Arsenal at Falkirk, is rumoured to have asked Celtic about taking the Irish internationalist on loan. Whether this would suit Stokes, who has fallen out of the first team picture at Celtic, remains to be seen.

More transfer news on CQN throughout the day and up until the deadline tomorrow.

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