Ronny Deila explains why Ryan Christie's loan deal was cut short

Celtic Football Club Wide

Celtic have recalled the summer signing from Inverness.

This summer saw Celtic snap up Ryan Christie from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The talented 20-year-old was voted the Scottish Premiership's young player of the year last term and Celtic were quick to snap him up from Inverness, but sent him straight back on loan.

However he has not seen out the season on loan back up north. Yesterday Christie was recalled by Celtic just halfway through his season-long loan deal.

He has been out injured since November and now Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been talking about why he was brought back from his old club so early.

He is quoted as telling the Scottish side's official website:

“It was important to get him into the environment here, so he can get to know all the boys and staff, and start working with them, and to allow him to get used to the way we train and play. That could be very positive going into next season as well.

“He’s a very talented No.10 player – that’s his best position. He has to fight with everyone else to get into the team.

“We feel he has ability to do something at domestic and international level. He is still very young, playing Under-21 football for Scotland. This is a very talented boy with a very good attitude, but he also needs time, along with a lot of the others.

“First he has to start training with us and get fit again as he has been out for a while but at his best level we know he can change games. He did it with Inverness so why couldn’t he do that with Celtic?"

The Norwegian will however find it hard to find a space in his squad for Christie.

The Scotland Under-21 international plays in an attacking midfield role - an area of the team where Celtic are in fact doing just fine in terms of numbers.

Hopefully however he will be able to have some form of impact on the Celtic first-team before the season comes to an end.

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