By Danny Mills

5th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Mills: This may be real reason Christie quit Celtic for Bournemouth

Danny Mills has claimed Ryan Christie quit Celtic to join Bournemouth because of money.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender questioned whether Christie was good enough to play in England’s top-flight.

Celtic confirmed on deadline day that the 26-year-old had joined Bournemouth on a permanent deal.

He was out of contract at Parkhead in January 2022 after penning a fresh deal in November 2018.

Football Insider revealed on August 31st that the Cherries had agreed a £3million deal to bring the Scotland international to the south coast.

Asked why Christie would swap Parkhead for Bournemouth, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m guessing the finances are a lot greater at Bournemouth than they are at Celtic.

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“It was a bizarre situation with his contract being up in January of all times.

“He’ll be delighted. Bournemouth with the parachute payments will still be decent payers.

“It’s a chance for him to get into the Premier League. Is he good enough for the Premier League? Possibly not.

“Now he’s got an opportunity with a decent club under a good young manager to get them back into the Premier League.

“Look at it in a year’s time and it could be a really good move for him.”

Christie scored 41 times and contributed 44 assists in 151 appearances across all competitions for Celtic in his six years at the club.

His last game for the Hoops was the 1-0 loss to Rangers in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox before the international break.

In other news, Celtic have missed out on £17m windfall after confirmed news.