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Celtic ready to hand Ryan Christie a new deal

Ryan Christie has struggled to establish himself at Celtic.

The former Scottish Young Player of the Year and Scotland international arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2015, but has since spent a season on loan with Caledonian Thistle, and then has two further loan spells with Aberdeen.

However, the midfielder made a dramatic impact when he came on as a half-time substitute for Oliver Ntcham in Celtic’s Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hearts on Sunday. First he was brought down for a penalty converted by Scott Sinclair, and then he made the second goal for James Forrest. To cap off his afternoon’s work he scored with a stunning left-foot shot to clinch the tie.

Now it looks like the 23-year old, who is out of contract next summer, could be in line for a new deal with the Scottish Champions, with the Hoops manager, Brendan Rogers saying “He is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player……He is at a really good age to come in and have the personality to play at a big club”.

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