Celtic have announced the signing of Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Ryan Christie on a four year deal.
The 20-year-old will be loaned back to the Highland outfit until the end of the season with immediate effect, but the Scottish champions have the option to recall him in January.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, manager Ronny Deila, said: “Ryan is a hugely talented young player and it is great news that we have secured his long-term future with Celtic.
“He is someone who has so much in his game and he is a young player who will excite our fans and ultimately be an important part of our future success.”
Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Hughes added: “I’m extremely pleased that Ryan, a local lad, has been able to play for his local team at the highest levels in Scotland and thus secure a move to the team of his dreams. He deserves every success at Celtic Park.”
“In view of our severe injury crisis, it was crucial that we didn’t lose his services immediately. We look forward to Ryan re-joining us following the conclusion of contract negotiations and to making his contribution as we bid to climb the table. He is coming back on a season loan though his home club do have an option to recall him in January. This move for Ryan is a wonderful incentive for the young lads on the fringes of the 1st team to now kick on and show they are worthy of following in his footsteps.”
Christie made his debut for Caley Thistle against Celtic in December 2014, and went on to become an integral part of John Hughes’ side last term as they went on to win the Scottish Cup [beating Celtic in the semi finals]and secured a third placed finish in the league.