Ricky Sbragia: Ryan Christie has a great chance of playing for Celtic

Celtic signed Ryan Christie from Inverness in the summer.

Christie signed for Celtic before heading back on loan to Inverness, and Scotland Under-21 boss Ricky Sbragia has told the Evening Times that he believes he has a great chance of making it at Parkhead when his loan deal ends.

Sbragia said: “I think he has always had ability and talent. And the fact he is playing continued first team football [at Inverness] is a big plus for him. In some cases, players will play one week and then not again for two or three weeks. But Ryan is playing week in, week out. I think he has a great chance of playing for Celtic as well, with the form he is in.”

Christie completed his move to Parkhead at the end of the transfer window, before heading back out on loan to first club Inverness, where the 20-year-old midfielder is continuing to retain a first-team role.

He has made 12 appearances this term, enjoying a great run of form in the offensive third, with three goals and five assists to his name. He can score different types of goals, and looks to be an all-round playmaker, and Celtic moving to capture him at such a young age ensures they are signing a Scottish player set to have a bright future.

He is a member of Sbragia’s Under-21 squad, and it says a lot if his international coach believes he can make the grade at Parkhead in the future, despite all the talent they have in their squad.

The best thing for Christie was to return to Inverness on loan, considering the lack of football he would have been playing if he had remained with Celtic.

The Bhoys have the option to recall the youngster in January if they need to, but right now, Christie should stay with his current loan club as he establishes himself as one of the most promising young players in Scottish football.

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