By Gabriel Agbonlahor

8th Sep, 2021 | 9:30am

Christie quit Celtic for 'double-your-money' deal - pundit

Ryan Christie will have doubled his wages by moving from Celtic to Bournemouth, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward insisted money was the main motivation for Christie’s move down south.

Football Insider broke the news on deadline day that Celtic had struck a £3million deal for the 26-year-old.

The Cherries confirmed the move later that day as he signed a long-term deal with the club.

Speaking to club media, Christie revealed he has always wanted to play in England and after making a “massive” decision Bournemouth was the “perfect” club.

The move still raised eyebrows north of the border as he swapped playing European football in front of over 50,000 fans every other week to plying his trade in England’s second-tier at Bournemouth’s x capacity stadium.

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“That doesn’t really money, to be honest,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It’s about wages and he’s probably doubled his money at Bournemouth. He’s also playing in a team that is likely to get promoted from the play-offs or automatically.

“It definitely makes sense for him. He’s got to look after his own future. I’m sure the money Bournemouth offered him is a lot more than Celtic did. I don’t blame him for leaving.

“Bournemouth are an up and coming club and are looking to get reported.”

Christie ended his six-year association with the Hoops with 41 goals and 44 assists in 151 appearances across all competitions.

The Scotland international could make his Bournemouth debut against Barnsley this weekend.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has saluted SPFL finance chiefs after a Rangers-Celtic TV development.