EXCLUSIVE

Alan Hutton has been left raving over the quality of Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie and says that the 24-year-old could prove an important player for Scotland in the future.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scottish international compared the Hoops’ attacking midfielder to fellow Bhoys ace Callum McGregor, heralding his ability on the ball and impact in the final third of the pitch.

Christie has enjoyed a successful start to the season with Neil Lennon’s side, his performances earning him his sixth and seventh caps for Scotland during the most recent international break.

Hutton insists that Christie could be what Scotland are missing from their side and says that his impressive performances for the Hoops are only going to help his country as well.

Hutton told Football Insider: “If you look back over the years, there’s not been a crop come through like this, as many players like Tierney, Robertson and all these guys, obviously Christie. They’ve done brilliant.

“I think Christie’s a great player. Like McGregor, very talented, great with the ball and he scores goals. Some of the runs he makes are really intelligent and I think that’s what Scotland need. Scottish footballers playing at a high level, week in, week out.

“As a nation, we’re struggling but at the bigger clubs they’re doing well.” 

Christie has netted 10 goals in 16 appearances already this season, with five of those strikes coming in his five league starts.

He has 67 games under his belt for Celtic, while he is also closing in on 150 Premiership outings during his time with the Hoops and Aberdeen.

In other Celtic news, Hutton has claimed that one Hoops man needed to seal a move for this season.