'I can't emphasise enough' - Aberdeen defender raves about Celtic 22-year-old
By James Black
Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds has claimed on-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is the “most complete player” he has ever seen.
The 22-year-old has been on a temporary spell with the Dons since January and Reynolds believes that he is the best player he has played alongside.
The Dons have been in good form this season and Christie has been a big part of that under manager Derek McInnes.
Christie has been a resounding success with the Dons since moving north at the start of 2017 and Reynolds admits playing against Christie in training is a bigger challenge than he will face in competitive games.
“I have played with good players, been involved in international squads, but I can’t emphasise enough how much I rate Ryan,” Reynolds told his club website.
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“He is the most complete player I have seen.”
“As the squad has improved, it means that we are playing against top players every day in training.
“The strikers I am playing against are often better than what we are going to face at the weekend. If you are training against Ryan Christie, that keeps you focused.
Christie scored seven times last season for the Pittodrie side and has helped the Dons into second place in the Scottish Premiership – only trailing leaders Celtic on goal difference.
The midfielder’s loan at Pittodrie comes to an end in June and it’s unclear whether he has any long-term future at Celtic with Brendan Rodgers having loaned him out for the majority of the time he has been manager.
Christie joined the Hoops in 2015 but has struggled to make an impact at Parkhead and has only made 13 appearances for the Glasgow giants.
The 22-year-old has also had a loan spell with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after signing for the Hoops.