Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes believes Ryan Christie will go on to be a key man for Celtic following his 18 month loan spell at Pittodrie.
The 23-year-old helped McInnes’ side to two second place finishes in the Scottish Premiership, but has now returned to the Hoops to try and break into the first team.
It has been reported, by the Express, that the Hoops are set to offer Christie a new deal and that doesn’t surprise the Dons boss in the least.
“I’m sure Ryan will go back to Celtic in a better frame of mind and as a more rounded player” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’m not surprised Celtic have offered him a new deal.
“You hear Brendan speak about his intention to bring Ryan back into the fold in pre-season, so it’s up to Ryan then to go and meet that next challenge.”
Christie ended last season with eight goals and 15 assists in 42 appearances for the Pittodrie side.
Football Insider verdict
The upcoming pre-season for Christie could be the biggest of his career. He will be looking to impress Brendan Rodgers enough to feature for the Bhoys in the Champions League qualifiers, which begin in July. Christie only has a year left on his Hoops deal, so Rodgers’ talk about a new contract is understandable. But if the winger is unable to make the breakthrough to the Hoops team then perhaps he is better off trying to further his career elsewhere? The one factor in his favour could be that his direct competition for a first-team place in Scott Sinclair. Sinclair had a poor season last year and Christie could seize his opportunity to become a mainstay of the squad if he starts pre-season well. We will probably know more about Christie’s Parkhead future by the time the qualifiers start, and if he isn’t involved he really should bring his time at the Hoops to an end.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops must sort out the future of this player