Ryan Christie confirms Celtic have not contacted him about January return

Celtic signed Ryan Christie over the summer transfer window.

Christie agreed a switch to Celtic over the summer transfer window, before heading back to Inverness CT on a half-season loan, and he has told the Press and Journal that he has not yet heard if Ronny Deila wants to bring him back to Parkhead in January.

The attacking midfielder said: “I’ve had no word as to when they might want me to go down. I’ll just have to wait and see. I’m happy either way. If I go down after Christmas, then great, but everyone has been saying to me it will do no harm for me to stay here in Inverness for another full season of first team football.”

Christie is considered one of the best young Scottish prospects, and Celtic signed him on transfer deadline day before loaning him back to Caley Thistle to continue his development with consistent first-team football.

This was a wise decision by Ronny Deila, with Christie, 20, scoring three goals and registering five assists in 11 games this term.

The Scottish Under-21 international certainly looks like a talent, and Celtic have the option to recall him in January, or extend his loan with Caley Thistle until the end of the campaign.

Christie has admitted that he has yet to hear from any Celtic staff member as to whether they want him to return to Parkhead in January, although they may consider bringing him back if Deila wants to improve his attacking options.

However, staying at Inverness is likely the best option for Christie for the duration of the season, considering that he will be playing a full 90 minutes every week, helping his development from talented prospect to established Premiership star.

Celtic bringing him back to Parkhead in January would simply be selfish on their part, considering the strength they have in depth, and the Bhoys should consider leaving Christie with Caley Thistle at least until next summer, when they can then reap the benefits of his great abilities.

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