Christie says son’s loan will soon pay div­i­dends


CHARLIE Christie had a close-up view of one of the best teams in Celtic’s his­tory, but is glad that his son will not set­tle for the same thing.

Ryan Christie is will­ing to sac­ri­fice medals with the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons-in­wait­ing by join­ing Aberdeen on loan for the rest of the sea­son as Bren­dan Rodgers’ team pur­sue the tre­ble.

If Charlie Christie made his name as one of In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle’s most no­table play­ers, and then man­ager, his ini­tial ca­reer in­cluded two years on the mar­gins at Celtic. Christie se­nior wit­nessed the cen­te­nary sea­son dou­ble in 1988, watch­ing oth­ers cel­e­brate with­out kick­ing a ball.

“Ryan just wants to prove his worth at Aberdeen,” Christie said of his son. “We didn’t speak about 1988 and to be hon­est there’s no com­par­i­son be­tween me and Ryan at Celtic.

“I came to Celtic from In­ver­ness This­tle as a part-timer at 21 whereas Ryan moved there at 20, hav­ing played more than 40 games for Ca­ley This­tle and hav­ing won the Scot­tish Cup.

“But medals need to be earned. Maybe there are some play­ers who can sit in the stand and en­joy their team’s suc­cess but Ryan is not one of them.

“I can un­der­stand that. I was like that my­self as a player. You just want to be on the pitch. Be­ing at Celtic in 1988 was a fond mem­ory for me – but I didn’t con­trib­ute to that suc­cess.

“Make no mis­take, Ryan wants to be a suc­cess at Celtic. But he can’t do that sit­ting in the stand. This sea­son, he was in Bren­dan’s team against Lin­coln Red Imps when they lost in Gi­bral­tar. Ryan didn’t play well but no one did for Celtic that night. He’s had fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties since then.

“It’s been frus­trat­ing for Ryan but he’s re­acted in the right way. The coach­ing staff at Celtic have told me that he’s first into train­ing and al­ways ea­ger to learn. Ryan is a model pro­fes­sional.”

And Charlie Christie feels that be­ing a key con­trib­u­tor with Derek McInnes’s side will pro­duce a long-term re­ward at Celtic for his son.

“Rodgers recog­nises his po­ten­tial,” he added. “But he also needs game time. I know Bren­dan and Derek have a good re­la­tion­ship which is why Bren­dan’s sanc­tioned the move.”

FA­THER KNOWS BEST: Charlie Christie has backed son Ryan to make his mark at Pit­to­drie and re­turn to Park­head a bet­ter player

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