Craig Brown admits thinking Celtic's Ryan Christie was better than James Maddison

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Ryan Christie and James Maddison are shining at Celtic and Leicester City right now but they played together in Aberdeen's midfield two years ago.

James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Leicester City at Bramall Lane on August 24, 2019 in Sheffield, United...

Craig Brown admits that he felt Celtic star Ryan Christie was more talented than £60 million-rated James Maddison after watching the two play-makers at close quarters at Aberdeen, while speaking to the Scottish Sun.

Maddison is going from strength to strength right now and his rapid rise is showing no signs of slowing. The 22-year-old created more chances than any other Premier League player, including Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and David Silva, during his debut season at Leicester City and he is in line to earn a first ever England cap during the international break.

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According to the Mirror, Maddison’s transfer value has trebled in 12 months with Leicester demanding £60 million for a midfielder who appears to have all the potential to reach the very top.

 

The Coventry-born starlet honed his considerable talents during a loan spell at Aberdeen in 2016/17, playing alongside the skilful Christie at Pittodrie.

But Brown, who is now a non-executive member of The Dons board, always felt that the Celtic youngster’s talent overshadowed his team-mate from south of the border.

“Maddison went for around £20m to Leicester City and now he’s in the England squad. But when Ryan was at Aberdeen, my feeling was that he was the better of the two players,” said the former Scotland manager.

17th March 2018, Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Aberdeen versus Dundee; Dundee goalkeeper Elliott Parish denies Ryan Christie of Aberdeen with a...

“The performances he gave us at Aberdeen were excellent. It was a good bit of initiative by (manager) Derek McInnes to get him to the club on loan and he did a wonderful job for us.

“So it’s no surprise how well he’s doing at Celtic now. Ryan can be a big help for Scotland and can become a key player. Ryan has been outstanding at Celtic."

Christie was in and out of the Celtic side under Brendan Rodgers but he has blossomed since Neil Lennon took over in February, producing eight goals and five assists in just 12 games at the start of the 2019/20 season.

But with Maddison valued at £60 million these days, how much would Christie go for? Not that Celtic are looking to sell any time soon.

Glen Kamara of Rangers FC challenges for the ball with Ryan Christie of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in...

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