Former England international Paul Robinson believes that Celtic attacking midfielder Ryan Christie would have no reason to leave the club even if an English Premier League outfit came calling for him.
The 24-year-old is the Hoops’ leading scorer for the season with 15 goals to his name already and Robinson said that players who stand out at the club could easily attract interest from south of the border.
Robinson told Football Insider: “Anyone who achieves at Celtic or Rangers will always attract Premier League attention.
“The Premier League is seen as one of the best, if not the, best league in the world, but for someone of his age and ability to win things with Celtic will be a huge draw as well.
“Speaking from a personal point of view, if you’ve got an opportunity to win things at a club and you have the potential of seeing yourself excel from playing week-in-week-out and being a part of something special at a club. Then there’s no reason that he needs to go to the Premier League.”
Robinson makes some very valid points when discussing Christie and the potential of a move to England.
The Hoops have hoovered up trophies in recent years and could claim another one this weekend against Rangers in the Betfred Cup final.
The 24-year-old needs only to look at the fortunes of a former team-mate for a warning about swapping the Scottish champions for the Premier League.
Since leaving Celtic for Arsenal in August, Kieran Tierney has made just nine appearances for the Gunners, even allowing for a hip injury which kept him out until the beginning of October. [via TransferMarkt]
The ex-Hoops defender has come under fire for some of his performances, too, with Joleon Lescott branding his defending as “lazy” when covering Arsenal’s recent game against Southampton for Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports [via football.london].
Tierney’s career in London so far shows that the grass may not always necessarily be greener elsewhere, so Robinson is right to advise Christie to enjoy what he has at Celtic.
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