He made the breakthrough last month in the semi-final against Hearts and he hasn’t really looked back since.

Ryan Christie’s emergence as a player who can not only play a part at Celtic but play an important part has been a very welcome and unexpected boost to the club and fans.

It looked as if the player’s contract would be run down and he would walk away in the summer. Now Ryan has a three-year deal, he’s playing for his country and he’s got the opportunity to play a genuine part in Celtic’s tilt for silverware.

His Dad Charlie who knows exactly what it’s like to sign for Celtic cannot believe how much his bhoy has come on

During his time at Celtic, Charlie Christie could not make the breakthrough but watching his son not only play for the club but play well has left a lump in his throat and admitted it’s all a little surreal.

“I loved my two years with Celtic but I couldn’t break into the team. I was top scorer in the reserves and it brought my game on leaps and bounds.” Charlie told Record Sport.

“To see Ryan now playing 
for Celtic is surreal. Having played for Celtic myself it is handy I can pass on the benefit of my experience.”

“Ryan won the Scottish Cup at 19 with Inverness then got the move to Celtic in 2015 which I thought would be a huge challenge for him.

“But that night against Leipzig saw Ryan finally make his mark. His performance brought a lump to my throat.

“That was the moment Ryan puffed out his chest out and believed not only he was good enough to be a Celtic player but that he belonged on the European stage.”


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