Celtic have confirmed that Ryan Christie has left the club on a permanent deal to Championship side AFC Bournemouth.

The Hoops announced on their official Twitter account that the 26-year-old midfielder had departed for the Cherries. Indeed, Christie was a key player to Celtic’s back-to-back domestic trebles.

The Scottish international’s deal with Celtic was due to expire next January. Talks of a new contract failed to get off the ground, as well.

Many had believed that Christie would depart Scotland as a free agent during the winter, but Bournemouth have swooped in on deadline day to secure the signing.

How “shaken” Celtic stars shamed the club in dismal defeat – and the response we must now see

BridTV
904
How “shaken” Celtic stars shamed the club in dismal defeat – and the response we must now see
685485
685485
center
UCqUPn73T2WxGyzCdtLe8m7g
67 Hail Hail (Youtube)
https://yt3.ggpht.com/ytc/AAUvwng3RIc-bAXurA5yt1Vj63uuVOBD1RQ9n6j_XKhD=s800-c-k-c0x00ffffff-no-rj
13872

As reported by Sky Sports News, Scott Parker’s side paid just £2.5m for the Scottish international. Premier League side Burnley were also keen on Christie, but Bournemouth won the race for the midfielder.

Indeed, Christie leaving seemed inevitable for Celtic supporters. But fans on social media were stunned that the midfielder joined Bournemouth of all clubs on deadline day.

Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

After all, the Scottish midfielder had been linked with Premier League clubs throughout the summer. And Celtic fans were surprised that Bournemouth were the ones to beat some top teams to Christie.

Here’s what some Celtic fans had to say on Twitter about Christie signing for Bournemouth…

In other news, ‘Richarlison has’: Ian Wright gives verdict on Tottenham Hotspur controversy today