By Frank McAvennie

9th Sep, 2021 | 1:30pm

McAvennie slams 'lazy' Christie after £3m Celtic exit

Frank McAvennie insists Celtic are better off without Ryan Christie after he moved to Bournemouth.

The Parkhead icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the attacker joined the Championship side.

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.

McAvennie insists Celtic are better off without Christie as he had the tendency to go missing in games.

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“I think he was better off going,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He has played but he was one of the ones who needed to move.

“I think he’s facing a challenge in the Championship, I really do.

“I think he’s going to struggle, I always said he wasn’t going to go to the Premier League.

“He was linked with Burnley and let me tell you, if he was wanted by Burnley, he would be at Burnley.

“He wouldn’t have taken a Championship move. In any case, I do honestly wish him the best but I’m glad he’s gone.

“We need players who are fully committed and he only used to turn up when he wanted to. He could be lazy.

“There were times we needed him and he wasn’t there or didn’t turn up.”

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

He will now look to get Bournemouth back to the Premier League at the second time of asking.

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