Alan Hutton has suggested that Celtic star Ryan Christie is thinking about moving to the Premier League after emerging as a first-team regular at Parkhead.
The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he believes the 24-year-old has what it takes to make it among the elite of English football after impressing under Neil Lennon at Parkhead.
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a bright start to the 2019/20 campaign, scoring 10 goals in his 16 appearances across all competitions and sitting out just one game so far.
Hutton insists that the Premier League would put Christie’s qualities to the test and says that he thinks the seven-cap international will have one eye on making a move south of the border to push himself.
Asked if Christie has what it takes for England’s top flight, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he can, I don’t see why not. If he keeps going the way he’s going at the moment and produces performances as he is doing, of course he can.
“Although he’s at a big club and winning trophies with Celtic, I do believe to really test yourself it would be to come down south and have a crack at that.
“I can imagine, at the back of his mind, he’d like to have a go at it at some point but he’s obviously enjoying his football and playing all the time. It’s about learning at the moment and enjoying it.”
Christie has 67 Celtic appearances under his belt across all competitions, with 23 goals and 15 assists to show during his time in the Hoops.
He has also played 76 times for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the side he left to join the Bhoys, and 57 times for Aberdeen during a loan spell from Parkhead.