It is fair to say that Celtic attacking midfielder Ryan Christie has a lot of critics among the Hoops’ fanbase.
The Scottish international’s performances have been below par and the fact that he is letting his contract run down certainly doesn’t help in terms of relations with fans.
One common gripe about Christie’s game, particularly this season, is the number of long-range shots he has attempted. The video below shows he has made 51 attempts from outside of the box, scoring just once:
Ryan Christie – Long Shot Madness
In the League – 1 goal from 51 shots outside the box
I try to show in this video how these shots damage build up play & prevent better chance creation.
Hoping to make 4500 followers by months end so likes and retweets appreciated🍀 pic.twitter.com/MRTxBndXX9
— Bhoys Analytics (@BhoysAnalytics) April 28, 2021
Unsurprisingly, the footage did not go down well with supporters on Twitter, who expressed their frustration at the 26-year-old’s form:
Wow this is awful
— Kieran Hamill (@kezzhamill) April 28, 2021
He infuriates me every single game
— 𝕄𝕒𝕩𝕚𝟞𝟟 🟢⚪ (@__KM7_) April 28, 2021
He plays with his head down most of the time and doesn’t see people in space or the opposition closing him down
— Chris McGraw (@chrismcgraw84) April 28, 2021
can’t wait to see the back of him
— 🏴𝔻𝔸ℝ𝕂 𝕍𝕀ℙ𝔼ℝ🏴 (@DARKV1PER) April 28, 2021
Decision making has been absolutely dreadful this season. Not just him tbf.
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) April 28, 2021
Get rid of him.
How many additional goals could we have got if he played a good pass?
His shooting is woefull too. At least Commons and Rogic are accurate.
— Cautious Dave (@cautiousdave) April 28, 2021
All this done was make me angry.
— 🏴Johnny_Saltire 🏴 (@Johnny_Saltire) April 28, 2021
Nowhere near as good as he thinks he is.
— David O’Reilly (@DavidOReilly3) April 28, 2021
Let’s hope the English Premier League doesn’t see this 👀
— Geeand (@Geeand87) April 28, 2021
There has been a surprising revelation about Christie’s future this week. Reports suggest that his current deal expires in January 2022, not June 2022 as first believed, so he will be able to speak to other clubs within a matter of months.
Arsenal, Leicester, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton and Nice have all been mentioned as potential destinations in recent weeks.