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6th Jun, 2018 | 9:47am

'Something special' - Celtic loan star backed to make long-awaited breakthrough

Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie believes that Ryan Christie has all the credentials needed to breakthrough into the Celtic first-team.

Christie has spent the last 18 months on loan at Pittodrie, and Shinnie, who also played with the 23-year-old at Inverness, thinks that his ability to express himself on the pitch will make him stand-out from the many other midfielders on the books at Celtic Park.

“Sometimes young players can be a bit tentative going into a dressing room and maybe don’t express themselves as much as they maybe should” he said, as quoted by the Press and Journal.

“Right away you knew Ryan was something special and he has just gone from strength to strength. His time up here has done really well and will set him up nicely for going back to Celtic.”

Football Insider verdict

Graeme Shinnie has played with Ryan Christie on and off for years, so he is more than aware of how good a player he has the potential of being. But will it be good enough to make the great at Celtic? That is the big question that the player has to answer. He at least will have the chance to impress Brendan Rodgers in pre-season training, and perhaps could feature in the pre-season friendlies that are announced. But if he fails to get into the team for the Champions League qualifiers then his future prospects at the home of the Scottish champions look quite grim. There is no doubt though that he has plenty of skill and ability and he does at least deserve to be given the chance to show what he is capable of. After playing first-team football for the last 18 months though, Christie might decide that the time is right to leave if the breakthrough doesn’t happen.

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