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.
It was a ‘dream’ day for Ryan Christie when he signed for Celtic in 2015, with the Hoops handing over what now appears a bargain £500,000 when Inverness Caledonian Thistle accepted the Hoops’ increased offer (BBC).
Christie was ‘buzzing’ to join the club he had supported throughout his childhood and where his dad also played, but the young midfielder struggled to establish himself at Celtic Park upon his arrival once recalled from the loan spell back to the Caley Thistle which helped secure his transfer.
Just five outings were awarded in the Premiership between the New Year and the season coming to an end (TransferMarkt), and five more followed in the opening months of the 2016/17 campaign before he joined Aberdeen on loan for the remainder of term, and would stay at the Pittodrie Stadium for another year.
A year and a half away saw Christie enjoy his first run of consistent minutes since first signing for Celtic, and a key role was finally on offer with the Hoops last term as he featured in 38 games – scoring 11 while assisting a further nine across all competitions.
Injuries meant his minutes were reduced as the season rolled on, but his market value was firmly on the rise, and Christie is now worth £3.38million, per market valuations supplied by TransferMarkt, who only considered the 24-year-old to be worth £1.13m in January and £765k last August.
Christie is now on course for a career season with Celtic, having scored 11 goals and created a further five in his first 19 games of the term, and will be sure to see another spike in his market value that would make the fee paid to Inverness just a drop in the ocean.
His goal involvement rate currently sits at one every 35.6 minutes for the season, which even the adventurous left-back Kieran Tierney could not better last term before joining Arsenal in the summer for £25m (BBC), having created six goals across all competitions.
One slight blip for Christie against Livingston at the weekend when he saw red for a tackle that left Scott Robinson ‘lucky to still be on the pitch’ in the eyes of ex-Rangers star Kris Boyd (as told to Sky Sports via The Sun) is not enough to derail the merits of his season, either.
Christie has been one of the leading lights of Celtic’s season with more goals than any other Hoops man in the Premiership (WhoScored), and was one of the stand out stars against CFR Cluj in the Europa League last week, when he created two key chances, attempted two shots, defended from the front with eight attempted tackles, two interceptions and delivered six corners.
Getting sent off in his following outing led to hoards of fans abusing Christie on social media to the point the 24-year-old has deleted his Twitter account (The Sun), and any supporter unfurling abuse online would be well served to remember how instrumental the midfielder has been to the Hoops’ campaign thus far.
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