Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has given some insight into his frustration with former manager Ronny Deila during his first season.
Ryan Christie made the move to Celtic FC during the 2015 season from Inverness. Since joining the Hoops, Christie has seen multiple spells out on loan to Aberdeen, and within the last two years has become one of the best players in Scotland.
In the last two years alone, as Ryan Christie has solidified himself as a leader on the Hoops squad, his production has been incredible. Ryan Christie has produced 26 goals and 19 assists in the last two seasons across all competitions. As one of the most productive players on the Hoops squad as of recent, it may be hard to remember what it was like when he joined Celtic as a youngster in 2015.
However, former Hoops boss Ronny Deila severely underutilized Ryan Christie after arriving from Inverness in 2015.
BBC Scotland did a bang up job on a profile piece on Ryan Christie a few days ago. In that piece, Charlie Christie, Ryan Christie’s father spoke about the frustration his son faced while playing underneath former Hoops manager Ronny Deila:
“He played and scored in a 7-0 win on the final day of the season against Motherwell. Ronny Deila said afterwards he maybe should have played him more often that season. That just increased the frustration for Ryan.”
Despite not finding the playing time he thought he might have deserved that season, Christie went on to have a good couple seasons with Aberdeen after that. There are a lot of “what ifs” surrounding Ryan Christie’s career with the Hoops, but we are glad he is with the Bhoys now.