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Ex-Celtic star Ryan Christie reveals how he almost quit Hoops for permanent deal with Aberdeen

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RYAN CHRISTIE has become a big part of the side that won two Celtic trebles and is now on the cusp of the Premier League with south coast club Bournemouth.

But his career almost turned out so differently – as Dons boss Derek McInnes considered a permanent offer for the underprivileged star in August 2018.

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Ryan Christie, Bournemouth starCredit: Getty
Ryan Christie with Mark Reynolds during his successful loan spell at Pittodrie

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Ryan Christie with Mark Reynolds during his successful loan spell at Pittodrie

The Scottish Cup winner from Inverness had compiled an excellent loan spell with the Dons, but there was still no guarantee of playing time with the Hoops at the start of this season.

As dad Charlie informed him it might be time to move permanently to Pittodrie, McInnes said at the time: “I really thought we were going to have Ryan on a permanent deal…it was so close .”

But it stayed until it became a huge hit at Parkhead and Christie told The Times: “I think about that period a lot.

“I don’t think many people outside of football realize how easily a player’s career can go one way or the other.

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“I had returned to Celtic after being loaned to Aberdeen and, for those first three or four games [of the 2018-19 season]I didn’t even make the team for the day.

“There was a part of me that said, ‘That’s it, I’ve had my chance, I won’t have any more opportunities here at Celtic.’ ”

“But somehow I’ve made the decision to stick with Celtic, at least for another three or four months, until the January window.

“Then by the time January came I was playing every week.”

Christie stocked up on beards – often from Hoops fans – he had left to join a smaller club in Bournemouth.

But he’s clearly quite happy with his career choice.

“Yeah, I’ve heard a little about it.

“But after playing for Celtic for a few years you learn to ignore a lot of the comments that are made.

“The decision to leave Celtic and come here was made over a period of time, and I knew deep down that it was the right decision.

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“Every time I sat down last year with my family and my girlfriend, we knew that was what I wanted to do: come to England.

“And once I came here last summer, joined the team and started playing, I knew I had made the right decision. comfortable and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.”

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