Celtic's scout highly rated winger Ryan Christie - Can they convince him to sign?

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Celtic are looking at signing Scottish under-21 international Ryan Christie.

Celtic's search for new additions continues, and they are looking around the SPL for potential January signings.

The latest name linked is Inverness winger Ryan Christie, who has emerged as a key player this season.

The 19-year-old is a Scottish under-21 international who has scored three goals in 16 games in the SPL this season, with two assists to his name.

Assistant boss John Collins is claimed to have gone to scout him personally over the weekend in their loss to St Johnstone.

Whether they can convince him to make the switch is another matter. Christie has family ties to Inverness where his dad Charlie played and managed, and clearly has an affinity to the club.

Just last week, Christie told The BBC: "I think people forget how much we're punching above our weight. We're such a small club and this isn't really where we belong, sitting in second place. It's really good for the club obviously and the longer it continues the better."

Inverness have since been overtaken in the table by Dundee United, but remain in a strong position. It's unclear whether Christie would want to walk away mid-season.

Awarded the Scottish young player of the month for his performances back in August, his manager John Hughes has already conceded he won't be able to keep him around for long.

He said back in October: "I've been about football for a long time and there are some really talented footballers in that dressing room - technically very good, know the game very well.

"And the pick of the bunch in terms of headlines at the moment is Ryan Christie. Sometimes as a manager you don't point out individuals, but he's a special player." 

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