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Celtic: Ryan Christie has excelled since Parkhead exit

Celtic currently boast the best-attacking record in the SPFL this season under Ange Postecoglou, having scored 80 goals in 34 games.

18 different players have found the net for the Hoops in this campaign and helped them climb six points clear at the top of the league table.

However, one player that hasn’t been involved in Celtic’s latest season is Ryan Christie, who left the Parkhead club during the previous summer transfer window.

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The 27-year-old joined Championship club AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £2.5m back in September after making a total of 151 appearances for the Bhoys across all competitions.

In those appearances, the Scotsman scored 41 goals and provided 44 assists, making him a useful attacking figure for the club.

Since making his move to Bournemouth, the attacker has been a fairly regular player for the Cherries in their bid to reach the Premier League.

With 36 appearances under his belt, the former Hoops star has racked up 11 goal contributions for the Championship club, scoring three goals and providing eight assists.

To further highlight his attacking talent, the £8.1m-rated player has the second-highest number of shots and crosses in the Bournemouth squad.

The 27-year-old also had the second-highest number of tackles to his name, showing how useful the Scotland international can be from a defensive point of view.

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As well as his prowess in front of goal, his overall performances have also been rather impressive for his new club.

According to WhoScored, he is currently listed as Bournemouth’s third-highest rated player with a rating of 7.04.

Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to see why Hoops journalist Ryan McGinlay claimed that the Cherries gem could have been Celtic’s “player of the season” had he stayed at Parkhead and played under Postecoglou.

Even though the Bhoys haven’t had much of an issue scoring goals this season, there may be some sense of regret surrounding the attacker’s summer exit.

Moving forward, the best way for everyone at Celtic to finally put Christie and his exit behind them is to secure a permanent deal for their current loan attacker Jota.

Having delivered 23 goal contributions in 36 games this season, the Portuguese winger could be the ideal tonic for any Hoops fan that may be still concerned about losing Christie.

In other news: Time to go: Ange must finally axe Celtic’s £2m Parkhead flop, he’s stealing a living

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