By Kevin Phillips

5th Sep, 2021 | 1:00pm

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Celtic must learn lessons from the departure of Ryan Christie to Bournemouth, according to Kevin Phillips.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Glasgow giants could have fetched as much as £20million for the 26-year-old had he not been allowed to run down his contract.

The Hoops confirmed the permanent departure of the attacking midfielder to Bournemouth on deadline day.

Football Insider revealed on August 31st that the Cherries had agreed a £3million deal for the Scotland international, who’s Celtic contract was due to expire in January 2022.

Christie contributed 41 goals and 44 assists in 151 appearances across all competitions for the Bhoys.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Christie’s departure from Parkhead, Phillips said: “It is one of those transfers that you learn from.

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“In all fairness, every very club makes mistakes. Big clubs in the Premier League have had exactly the same problem. It has happened to Arsenal a few times over the last decade.

“Sometimes these things happen but it is important you learn from them.

“First and foremost, Celtic have lost a very good player in Ryan Christie.

“From a financial point of view, to lose him for £3million, the club will be kicking themselves. If he had been on a two, three-year contract he would have been worth £15-20million.

“They need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Big lessons to be learned from this one.”

In other news, ex-manager claims Celtic are copying West Ham after a seven-figure transfer reveal.