Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has told Football Insider he doesn’t think Hoops midfielder Ryan Christie is good enough to make it in the English Premier League.
The pundit also claims the player became a bit of a ‘laughing stock’ this season when his shoot on sight policy didn’t go as well as the previous campaign.
Frank was asked about the link with Southampton and if Ryan could cut the mustard down south, the former footballer replied:
“I don’t think so.
“He’s a wonderful talent but I think he’s too light for the Premier League. If you touch him, he goes down.
“He’s a big lad, he needs to stay on his feet. It looks like he just wants to win free kicks.
“There’s no doubting his ability or his talent. But he’s stopped doing the little things.
“He’s stopped chasing the ball, he looked so eager at the start of his career. Now he doesn’t look bothered.
“He’s lost his hunger, his appetite. That said, he was playing out of position last season.
“He became a bit of a laughing stock, he was just picking the ball up and shooting but he deserved some slack.
“It will take a big job for the boy to make it in the Premier League.”
Like many of Celtic’s players this season, Ryan found it hard to find any sort of consistent form. The midfielder was a victim of being shuffled around too much by the manager and when James Forrest got injured, Ryan did get played out of position a lot. Coming in from the right and being less effective.
Could he make it in the EPL? Who knows, but I have a feeling we’re going to find out.
There’s only six months left of Ryan’s Celtic deal and he’ll likely move on this summer.