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