Ryan Christie hits back at Celtic criticism of ‘money greaser’ as potential £ 4million transfer value revealed

Ryan Christie insists he didn’t leave Celtic for money and has hit back at snipers who criticized him for moving to Bournemouth.

MailSport can reveal Celtic received a £ 2.5million fee for Christie, which could reach £ 4million with additions, with only four months left on his contract.

Bournemouth and Premier League side Burnley had both agreed to the deal, but Christie chose Cherries because of gaffer Scott Parker’s style of football and his desire to bring them back to the Premier League.

His decision to move on to the championship saw the 26-year-old seen as a money-grabber and without ambition.

But Christie denied this by revealing that he refused Turf Moor more money.

And he says his fiery ambition to play in England’s top flight is exactly the reason he left Glasgow.

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His father Charlie, who has also been the subject of unfair criticism, has argued with former Celtic teammate Provan over his comments.

And in an exclusive interview with MailSport , he said, “As far as the money-grabbing cry that is going on, I just don’t understand it.

“It just confirms to me that most of this stuff comes out of nowhere.

“Financially there were better options for me in the Premier League. And if I had wanted to be a little player for a club in this league, I would have gone.

“But I wanted to join a club where I felt I would be an important player and where there would be pressure on me to play well.

“Bournemouth were perfect as a side desperately looking to play in the Premier League.

“And if we can stand up, I hope I can be a vital player there.

Head Coach Scott Parker of Bournemouth
Head Coach Scott Parker of Bournemouth

“I didn’t want to come here, play for a club where I would have 20 minutes there and there and get a salary.”

Christie, who won two trebles at Celtic and scored 42 goals at Parkhead, felt he wanted a new challenge away from Scotland.

He believes Parker’s style of play will suit him on the pitch as he aims to help the club reach the Premier League in their first year.

He said: “I’ve heard people question my ambition, but I don’t understand that at all. In fact, I see it as the polar opposite.

“I did everything I wanted to do at Celtic in terms of achievements.

“So my ambition now is to go and accomplish something else in my career and hopefully play in the Premier League.

“I feel like I joined a club with a huge chance to do so through a promotion.

“If that happens, I will have the chance to play in what I think is the best league in the world.

“I don’t think anyone can accuse me of lacking ambition.”

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