John Hughes admits Celtic have submitted bid for Ryan Christie ahead of deadline

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Celtic have made a bid for Ryan Christie, according to Inverness boss John Hughes.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic have made a bid to sign Ryan Christie - but he doesn't know whether the offer has been accepted.

Christie, 20, was born and bred in Inverness, and has made his way up through the ranks with his hometown club to eventually become a key player under Hughes.

A highly-rated playmaker who impressed with Inverness last season, Christie has been attracting admirers for some time now - but, unsurprisingly, Celtic are making their move for him.

Having snapped up Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Scott Allan in 2015, the Bhoys are making a strong commitment to signing up-and-coming Scottish talent, a category which Christie certainly falls into.

As reported by the Daily Record, Celtic have lodged a £500,000 bid to try and sign Christie, and with just three days of the transfer window left to go, they are looking to push through a quick deal.

Now, Caley manager Hughes has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic have indeed made a bid for Christie - and he believes the midfielder is certainly good enough to play for the Bhoys.

"Celtic have put a bid in for him, but I don’t even know what that figure is and I don’t know if it has been accepted by our board," said Hughes. "Ryan just wants to play football. The kid is good enough to play at a higher level with a team like Celtic," he added.

The ideal scenario for all involved would be for Christie to head back to Inverness on loan if Celtic do manage to agree a deal. The youngster needs to be playing regularly right now, and given the competition for places at Celtic, that would be unlikely under Ronny Deila.

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