CELTIC’S Ryan Christie has completed a move to Cherries – but who exactly is the Scottish international?

He becomes the second deadline day transfer after adding to Jamal Lowe’s arrival, announced earlier in the evening.

Christie bolsters the attacking options, with 22-year-old Kyle Taylor making a permanent exit to Exeter City after featuring with the first-team throughout pre-season and towards the start of the season.

Who is Ryan Christie?

Christie is a 26-year-old attacking midfielder who can play on the right or left, as well as through the middle.

He is a regular Scotland international and has won three Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish League cups and the Scottish Cup on one occasion.

Christie is 5foot 10inch tall and was born in Inverness on February 22 1995, where he started his football career with the local side.

He won the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award in 2016.

Bournemouth Echo: Ryan Christie has made 150 first-team appearances for CelticRyan Christie has made 150 first-team appearances for Celtic

His career so far

Christie joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2005, where he eventually progressed through the academy and made his Scottish Premiership debut in 2013.

He was part of the side that famously won the Scottish Cup in 2015, starting in the final.

After over 60 first-team appearances for the club, with nine top-flight goals, Christie moved to his most recent club Celtic in September 2015, but went back out there on loan until the end of that calendar year.

He then had two loan spells in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons with Aberdeen, in which he produced ten top-flight goals.

Bournemouth Echo: Ryan Christie during one of two Aberdeen loan spellsRyan Christie during one of two Aberdeen loan spells

And the 2018-19 campaign was when Christie began to build his reputation as a Celtic star, with nine, 11 and five goals over the next three seasons and nailing down a starting spot, including netting the winner in the Scottish League Cup in December 2018.

Bournemouth Echo: Ryan Christie lifts silverware for CelticRyan Christie lifts silverware for Celtic

He scored four during Champions League qualifying during the 2019-20 campaign, before adding three more during the Europa League group stage.

Christie departs Celtic with 41 goals in 150 first-team appearances and three league titles.  

Bournemouth Echo: Ryan Christie rues a missed chance during UEFA qualifying for Celtic this seasonRyan Christie rues a missed chance during UEFA qualifying for Celtic this season

His international career

Christie has made 20 appearances for his country and already enjoyed some top moments.

He scored his side’s only goal of the 2020 European Championship play-off final, before an eventual penalty shootout win saw Scotland dump Serbia out and reach the finals of the EUROs.

Christie received his first Scotland cap in November 2017, playing 90 minutes during a defeat to The  Netherlands before scoring his first international goal almost exactly two years later.

He scored four in those 20 caps so far, with strikes against Cyprus, Israel, Czech Republic and the aforementioned Serbia play-off.

The 26-year-old represented his country during the European Championships.

Bournemouth Echo: Ryan Christie representing Scotland at EURO 2020Ryan Christie representing Scotland at EURO 2020

Video of Christie in action