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Celtic: Ryan Christie beginning to thrive away from Parkhead

Ryan Christie’s time at Celtic ended when supporters presumably wish it hadn’t.

If you asked Hoops fans whether they wanted the Scottish attacker to leave Parkhead behind this summer, they’d have driven him to the nearest airport swiftly.

However, when he did finally take his leave in August, they would have been lusting after a contract extension.

That’s because Christie’s form in the early exchanges of the campaign had been superb.

He was front and central to Ange Postecoglou’s swashbuckling attacking play and he was now a player to rave about again.

The Scot scored a tremendous header against Jablonec in the Europa League and then picked up three wonderful assists in the 6-0 rout of Dundee.

His form on that day was mind-blowingly good, nutmegging defenders, Cruyff turning others and then sliding in incredibly well-disguised reverse balls.

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It was a performance that was in stark contrast to last year. During Neil Lennon’s final tenure at Paradise, Christie was hopeless.

He was played out of position on the right-hand side and as a consequence, his attacking qualities waned.

The 26-year-old found the net on 13 fewer occasions than he had in 2019/20 which led to fan criticism.

Hounded for a nasty habit of long-range shots, he was described as a “laughing stock” by Celtic pundit Frank McAvennie.

Based on that, it was hardly a surprise that the attacking midfielder decided to exit Glasgow.

It was time for a change and a fresh start elsewhere so with six months left on his contract, he followed Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard south of the border.

He joined Bournemouth for a cut-price fee and he is now beginning to shine in the second tier of English football.

Christie recorded his first assists since that win over Dundee on Saturday as he turned in a creative masterclass for his new club, Bournemouth.

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The Cherries took on Luton, a team Olivier Ntcham found joy against last week, and they won 2-1.

Celtic’s former player was simply outstanding during the clash, supplying both of his team’s goals on the way to a match-winning performance.

Bizarrely, it came on the right wing, a position the Scotland international had flattered to deceive in last season.

Yet, this time around, he had a swagger to his play, creating plenty of chances and completing 93% of his passes.

He provided three crosses from wide areas and also triumphed in 75% of his defensive duels.

With Celtic enduring their worst start to a season for 23 years, they clearly miss him. Displays like this in England won’t help either.

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