As reported by the Highland News, Celtic could look to bring Ryan Christie back to Parkhead in January, but only in a training role.
Christie signed for the Bhoys over the summer transfer window, before immediately heading back on loan to Inverness to continue his development with consistent playing time.
He has scored three goals and registered six assists in 13 Scottish Premiership games, impressing in his role as a creative, playmaking midfielder.
Christie undoubtedly has a lot of talent, and although Celtic would be keen to bring him into Ronny Deila’s first-team set-up, handling the youngster’s development correctly is imperative to ensure he reaches his potential.
Bringing him back too early will find the 20-year-old still restricted to the sidelines, meaning he will get almost no game time, whilst keeping him at Inverness will mean Christie takes longer to adapt to playing at Parkhead and training with his new teammates under a new manager.
To get the best of both situations, the report indicates that Christie could extend his loan with Inverness until the end of the season, but still training under Deila at Celtic.
This will allow the Bhoys to get a real assessment of Christie, but keep him playing as a key part of Caley Thistle’s team.
ICT boss John Hughes was quoted in the report as commenting on the situation. He said: “He [Christie] might go down and train with them but it’s all about finding the time right now. John says if there’s anything Celtic can offer, in terms of treatment if needed, given the expertise they have then that’s an option. After Christmas, Celtic may want to have a look at him. Ryan will want to go down and get down there and see what it’s all about.”