This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Back in 2012, Celtic managed to sign Ryan Christie from Inverness Caledonian Thistle for just £500,000, per BBC Sport. The midfielder was only 20 years old and spent a couple of seasons out on loan before establishing himself at Parkhead. Since 2018, the midfielder has started to prove his worth at the Hoops and cement himself as a key player for them.
The attacking midfielder has won the SPFL title three times as well as the League Cup twice with Celtic, per Transfermarkt, and has a very good goal contribution record at the club, playing 94 times in all competitions and scoring 32 goals as well as supplying 26 assists.
These figures highlight that he has definitely been a big influence on the club’s recent success over the last couple of years which has seen them continue to dominate and win a ninth league title in a row. His influence clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed as former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie said: “He is great at holding it up, he can bring people into the game, get forward and score goals.”
This is great praise to receive from a man who once made a big impact at Celtic, and with Christie still only 25, it seems like he could grow to become an even better player as he enters what should be the peak years of his career. It also highlights just how astute a signing Christie has become for the Hoops as they were able to get him for such a low fee.
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