Celtic pundit John Paul Mason has recently talked about Ryan Christie and he had some criticism for the Scotsman.
This came after Mason appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed numerous issues involving the Hoops. They talked about the recent Old Firm derby, which ended 1-1. Mason gave his verdict about Christie’s performance and he made it clear that he doesn’t want the Scotsman to stay at the club any longer.
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Christie had started the game on Sunday, featuring on the right flank in the club’s 4-2-3-1 formation. David Turnbull had played in the attacking midfield spot, with Callum McGregor and Scott Brown playing in deeper midfield. Christie picked up a rating of only 6.66 in the game (as per Whoscored).
Mason slammed Christie’s performance, saying that his touch was terrible sometimes and he feels that the Scotsman’s head is out of the door and his feet should follow.
The pundit claimed (11:17) “I don’t want to go two-footed on Ryan Christie but his performance today – in that position for Glasgow Celtic, you’re looking for a far far better return from a player in that position than what you got from him today.
“His touch at times was absolutely terrible, it was just going away from him every time. Decision making – not great. Yes, there was a couple of excellent balls and that’s the flashes that he gives you. I know that’s why you’ve been a big champion of him throughout his time at the club. That’s not a guy I want to see playing for Celtic next season. His head’s out of the door and his feet need to follow.”
TIF Thoughts on Ryan Christie…
Christie has picked up a rating of 7.33 in the Premiership this season and only Christopher Jullien has picked up a better rating than him so far (as per Whoscored).
This shows that he’s still an important player for the Bhoys, irrespective of the performance against Rangers. Having said that, his current deal at Parkhead runs out in the summer of 2022 and he is yet to sign an extension.
Because of that, the upcoming summer transfer window would be Celtic’s best chance of getting a good fee from his sale. So if his head isn’t at Parkhead, it would make sense for Celtic to sell him.