John Hughes claims selling Ryan Christie to Celtic was 'good deal for everybody'

Inverness boss John Hughes has defended the decision to sell Ryan Christie to Celtic.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has told The Scottish Sun that the deal to sell Ryan Christie to Celtic was the best move for everybody.

Christie, 20, was born and bred in Inverness, and has come up through the ranks with his hometown club, to the stage where he became a key player under Hughes.

With four goals last season and two already this term, Christie is one of the up-and-coming stars of Scottish football - and Celtic moved to sign him before the transfer deadline last week.

The midfielder has returned to Inverness on loan until January at least, though Celtic manager Ronny Deila can choose to recall Christie in 2016.

The decision to sell Christie has understandably disappointed Inverness fans, who have enjoyed seeing Christie come up through the ranks with the club - but Hughes has now looked to play down any lingering frustrations.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Hughes - who played for Celtic in the 1990's - says that the move was 'a good deal for everybody', and hopes that Christie one day returns to Inverness on a permanent basis.

"I’m absolutely delighted for Ryan," said Hughes. "I had the privilege to play for Celtic, a great club, there’s none like it in the world. The way they conduct themselves is massive. In terms of Ryan moving, it’s a good deal for everybody but, most importantly, we get him back here until Christmas at least."

"Whatever anyone else might say, I’ll say it to the fans — this was a good deal for everyone. Let’s be proud of the fact we have played a big part in his progression. That makes me really proud and if I was a supporter I would be looking on with interest at his career, knowing that he started at Inverness. You never know, one day he might be back," he added.

Celtic have been adding young Scottish talent in 2015, with Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Allan and now Christie all being snapped up by Deila.

With a strong core of Scottish players for years to come, Celtic fans will hope that their team continue their recent transfer policy and keep adding other Scottish youngsters, even if they won't see Christie in the famous green and white hoops for at least six months yet.

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