RYAN CHRISTIE’S dad Charlie, himself a former Celtic Star, has revealed that his boy is close to signing a new long term contract to stay at Parkhead. Christie Jnr burst into the Celtic first team at Murrayfield a week ago on Sunday and won the Man of the Match for his stunning second half performance in the Betfred Cup semi-final.
He kept his place in the next two games – wins against Dundee at Dens Park and against Hearts, this time in the Premiership. Christie scored all all these games and has finally convinced Brendan Rodgers that he merits a start in the Celtic midfield.
It has been a long wait for the former Inverness Caley man who arrived on a £500,000 deal three years ago.
Now though he’s made the breakthrough and he’s loving every minute of his time at the Champions. Here’s what his dad has had to say in the Scottish Sun today…
“The talks about a new contract have been positive,” Charlie said.
“All things being well, it will be done soon. I think the manager is going to speak to Ryan one-to-one this week.
“Ryan’s surrounded by top quality players. He loves it at Celtic.
“He’s been given a chance by Brendan Rodgers and he’s responded. That was very important.
“Brendan’s spoken about the need for a big-game personality, that bit of gallusness, puffing your chest out and grabbing a game by the scruff of the neck.
“Ryan did that as a sub in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts. The fans are now seeing a lot more in him than maybe they did at first.
“Other clubs are interested — but Celtic are his first choice, no question.
“I heard Ryan showed a real edge to his game against Hearts last Saturday and I was delighted about that.
“There’s been a lot of publicity about Ryan bulking up. It’s made a big difference to his game, and he’s gained more pace.”
Sounds like a very proud dad!
Also on The Celtic Star today…
‘Road to recovery starts now,’ for Young Celtic Star…See HERE.
Boyata’s back in the news, but it’s all about Thursday, Night Fever!…See HERE.
Jim Craig – Goalkeeper Bonnar’s Celtic debut at Shawfield…See HERE.