Former agent William Glavin has recently talked about how the Hoops ended up signing Ryan Christie from Inverness.
This came after Glavin appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Now & Forever podcast and he talked about numerous issues involving Celtic and the business of being an agent. He revealed that he did work with Christie during his younger days and he revealed that the midfielder was attracting interest from England, but he wanted to stay in Scotland or Inverness.
Christie had joined Celtic from Inverness for an undisclosed fee and during his time at Parkhead, he has spent a loan deal at his former club and a couple of temporary stints at Aberdeen. While his current contract runs out in 2022, the Scotsman has contributed to 78 goals in all competitions over the years for the Bhoys.
Is this Christie's last season at Celtic?
Glavin said that since Christie is a Celtic fan and Glavin himself is a Hoops fan, a move to Parkhead made a lot of sense.
He said: “That was a sort of thing that happened there – Ryan broke through really quickly and he had an offer to go to England very early on. But he said – look, I want to stay in Inverness, stay at home with parents, I want to play football every week. I said fine, no problem.
“And then, Celtic were showing a bit of interest. It was a little bit of interest, then there was a bigger bit of interest and then it’s like – we really want him. It got to the point where clubs are talking, they are trying to negotiate the fees. We are talking about personal terms and stuff like that. It went from like July to the last day of the window and got done on deadline day.
“So that’s how long it can actually take to get the deal from start to finish. So we managed to get Ryan the deal done on deadline, which was brilliant for everybody. Ryan, being a Celtic fan, me being a Celtic fan, that made it even better.”
TIF Thoughts on Ryan Christie…
It has been reported that the Hoops paid a fee of £500,000 to sign Christie and that was quite a low fee. He is now valued at £8.10 million, which suggests how long he’s come from his early days at Parkhead.
With Burnley and Nice interested in him and Arsenal also linked, Celtic have clearly helped him step up a gear over the years. So if the Scotsman does leave in the future, Celtic would certainly get a big profit from him and it would go down as a successful deal.