Ryan Christie in Emotional Celtic Goodbye as Bournemouth New Signing Gushes ‘Unconditional Love’
Ryan Christie says he will always be grateful to Celtic as he leaves thanking fans for their “unconditional love”.
The midfielder ended his six-year stint at the Hoops after signing for Bournemouth on the transfer deadline day.
It only cost the England Championship side £ 1.5million to complete the switch as he entered the final months of his contract at Parkhead.
The 26-year-old has made a dazzling start to the season under new boss Ange Postecoglou despite his uncertain future for some time.
However, Christie, linked with the exit, jumped at the chance to play for the Cherries, who he claimed to have always had “a fondness” for.
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Christie is yet to meet his new teammates due to his international duty as he helps Steve Clarke’s men prepare for Saturday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Moldova.
The playmaker admitted it was time for a new challenge as he took to Instagram to thank Celtic fans for their “incredible support” today.
Christie said: “Thank you @celticfc for the last 6 years of my life. I will always be grateful to have played a very small part in the massive history of this club. The 6 trophies / 2 trebles we won together were really special and always will be Make me proud.
“Thank you to all the fans for your incredible support and unconditional love. It was a privilege to perform in front of you every week and the famous European nights were always amazing.
“Thank you also to the players, managers and background staff who all work so hard to make this club what it is and have helped me become the player and the person I am today.
“I have met some amazing people during my stay here and I am fortunate to have made lifelong friendships.
“After 8 seasons in Scotland I felt it was time for a change and a new challenge and I am very excited for the new chapter that awaits us.”
“I wish everyone involved in this special club the best for the future.”