In Focus: Ryan Christie has proved he can make an impact on return to Celtic

As reported by The Scotsman, Brendan Rodgers has ruled out Aberdeen making Ryan Christie’s loan move from Celtic a permanent one at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Christie is having a very impressive season at the Dons and manager Derek McInnes spoke earlier this week about his desire to sign the 23-year-old permanently.

Rodgers though is insistent he returns to Celtic, ready to assess the player after he integrates back into the Hoops squad ahead of the new season.

As quoted by The Scotsman, the treble-winning manager said:

As a staff, we’ve watched him closely in a lot of the games and he’s been a really influential player for Aberdeen. So the plan will be for him to come back and reintegrate into the squad here over the summer and he has a year left on his contract, so we’ll look at it from there. I can’t blame Derek for wanting to have a player of that quality but it’s not a discussion we’ll have. Ryan will come back here.

Can the attacking midfielder make an impact when he does return to the reigning champions, or will he forever be on the fringes of Rodgers’ starting eleven?

Does he deserve a chance?

Christie has been one of the stand-out players in the Scottish Premiership this season and has arguably had a better campaign than a number of established first team stars at the Hoops.

For Aberdeen, he’s scored seven goals and created a massive 13 assists in 32 appearances, delighting fans at Pittodrie.

If he could replicate that at Celtic, there’s no doubt he’d be a hit with supporters in Glasgow too, but he needs the first team football and faith from the manager to reach those heights.

He’s only ever been given six starts by the Hoops, four of which came under Rodgers, but surely his form at Dons means he should be give more opportunities next season?