Ryan Christie has proved he deserves first team opportunities at Celtic

As reported by The Express, Celtic are set offer attacking midfielder Ryan Christie a one-year extension on his current deal and a chance to prove himself in the Hoops first team.

What’s the story?

By the end of the season Christie will have spent close to 18 months on loan at Aberdeen developing as a talent under Derek McInnes and it appears it’s time for him to return to the Hoops and be given a proper first team opportunity.

The Express report that Brendan Rodgers is eager to extend the players current deal at the club, which is due to expire at the end of next season, to the summer of 2020.

The paper say the Hoops boss has told the player, signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle for £400,000, that he is wanted back at the club this summer, opening the door to contest for places in the Celtic attack.

Does he have what it takes?

Were Christie not already a Celtic player, there may be some clamouring for the club to sign him this summer given his form for Aberdeen this season.

The Scotland international has been a stand-out for the Dons, scoring seven goals and creating an impressive 13 assists in all competitions. That makes him one of the most creative and effective players in Scotland right now, showing a consistency that demonstrates he deserves a chance at the Hoops.

Competition is fierce for attacking midfield places at Celtic Park but with Scott Sinclair losing form, Tom Rogic having fitness issues and the future of Patrick Roberts at the club in doubt, there is scope for the 23-year-old to get plenty of action.

Time will tell whether he can become as popular in Glasgow as he is at Pittodrie.