Ryan Christie

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Ryan Christie
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Inverness, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 17
Youth career
2011–2012 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 56 (9)
2015– Celtic 5 (1)
2015 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2014– Scotland U21 5 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2015

Ryan Christie (born 22 February 1995) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Celtic. The son of ex-player Charlie Christie, he was a product of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth system. He played first team football with Inverness for four successful years before signing for Celtic for £500,000 on 31 August 2015.

Club career[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

Born in Inverness, Scotland, where his father was playing, Christie joined the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth system before signing his first professional contract.[1] Christie signed a new deal with the club under Terry Butcher, and was among several youngsters to be promoted to the club's first team.[2][3]

Christie made his debut in the Scottish Premiership match against Celtic on 29 December 2013.[4][5] He came on as a substitute in the 100th minute, in the Scottish League Cup Final against Aberdeen; a game that Inverness lost in a penalty-shootout.[6] Despite this, Christie helped the club finish in the top-six.His first goal for Inverness came in a 2–1 loss against Motherwell on 1 April 2014.[7] After the match, manager John Hughes praised his performance, believing he deserved his goal.[8] Christie added two more goals later in the season against Dundee United and St Johnstone.[9][10] After impressive displays for Inverness, Christie signed a new contract with the club at the end of the 2013–14 season, which will keep him until the end of the 2015–16 season.[11]

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Christie scored his first goal, in the opening game of the season, in a 2–0 win over Hamilton Academical.[12] Christie's performance against Dundee, Motherwell, Celtic, Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle soon earned him winning the SPFL Young Player of the Month for August.[13] During a match against St Mirren in October 2014, he was sent-off for the first time in his career – being dismissed by referee Willie Collum for two-bookable offences.[14] With Christie became linked with a transfer move, Christie insisted, quoting: "I’ve got it straight in my head that I won’t think about anything like a move until there is something in front of me and I’ve a decision to make."[15] Christie added to his earlier success by winning the February 2015 – SPFL Young Player of the Month award,[16] and his eye-catching form over the whole season subsequently saw him shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award.[17] Although he didn't win that accolade, he was later honoured with the SFWA Young Player of the Year award.[18] Christie started in the final of the Scottish Cup, before coming off in the 72nd minutes for James Vincent, who later scored the winning goal, in a 2–1 win over Falkirk to win their first ever Scottish Cup Final.[19] After the match, Christie described winning the Scottish Cup as "unbelievable, hard to put into words" and that Charlie told him the day before the match not to be shy, to get on the ball and express himself.[20]

Celtic[edit]

On 1 September 2015, Christie joined Celtic on a four-year deal. After signing for the Scottish champions, Christie was immediately sent back to Thistle on a season-long loan deal.[21] He sustained a knee injury against Motherwell in November, and was recalled by Celtic so that he could work with their medical staff at their Lennoxton training complex.[22] Celtic announced in December 2015 that they would be bringing Christie back to Parkhead permanently in January, thus ending his loan spell at Inverness.[23]

He made his debut for Celtic on 23 January 2016 in their 3–1 win over St Johnstone, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute for Stuart Armstrong.[24]

International career[edit]

On 25 August 2014, Christie was called up by Scotland U21.[25] After previously been on the bench against Slovakia U21, Christie finally made his Scotland U21 debut against Luxembourg U21 on 9 September 2014, coming on as a substitute for Lewis Macleod in the second half, which Scotland U21 won 3–0.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Christie was born on 22 February 1995, seven months after Inverness Caledonian Thistle was formed and attended Millburn Academy. Christie later revealed his desire to become a footballer when he sat in front of a careers officer and was warned by his father, after he struggled with Maths and English, that if he did not do well at school, his father would not help him get his first professional contract. With help from tutors, Christie went on to obtain five highers.[27]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christie's son among new youth signings". Inverness Courier. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kidderminster midfielder linked to move north". Inverness Courier. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Butcher backing young players to shine in SPL next season". Inverness Courier. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Inverness CT 0–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Soccerbase profile
  6. ^ "Aberdeen 0 – 0 Inverness CT (AET, 4–2 on pen)". BBC Sport. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1 – 2 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "John Hughes bids for late Inverness rally". BBC Sport. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Inverness CT 1–1 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Caley Thistle finish season on a high". Inverness Courier. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Inverness CT: Ryan Christie wins new two-year contract". BBC Sport. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hamilton Academical 0–2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Inverness CT win trio of SPFL monthly awards". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "St Mirren 0–1 Inverness". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Inverness youngster Ryan Christie: I've put any talk of a big-money move to the back of my mind for now". Daily Record. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Ross County's McIntyre and ICT's Christie win February awards". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Celtic's Van Dijk & Johansen join Rooney & Stewart in award mix". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Ryan Christie is Scottish football writers' young player of the year". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Inverness CT 2-1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Ryan Christie: My dad pulled off one of the biggest upsets in history of football with Inverness but I'M the guy with a winner's medal". Daily Record. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ryan Christie: Celtic agree four-year deal for Inverness player". BBC News. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  22. ^ Third, Paul (13 November 2015). "Celtic recall Ryan Christie early following injury". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  23. ^ Bean, Graham (23 December 2016). "Celtic recall Ryan Christie from Inverness loan". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  24. ^ Wilson, Richard. "Celtic 3 - 1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Christie scores call-up to Scotland under-21s". Highland News. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Luxembourg U21s 0 Scotland U21s 3: Boss Billy Stark sees hope for the future as Sporting Lisbon star Ryan Gauld gets off the mark". Daily Record. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Young Christie goes own way to live his dream". Herald Scotland. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  28. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (30 May 2015). "Inverness CT 2–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

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