Ryan Christie, who had been the boo boy of Celtic’s squad for the previous nine months, appeared to be on his way out to the riches of the English Premier League.

Burnley, Norwich, and Crystal Palace had all been connected with the player who failed to fire on all cylinders for Neil Lennon and John Kennedy last season, scoring only five goals in 34 league appearances.

Christie’s form has improved as a result of Ange Postecoglou’s offensive ambition, but with Liel Abada, Furuhashi, and David Turnbull all competing for positions, Christie must maintain his form.

His recent performances, though, have given Celtic supporters optimism that he can remain – none more so than the one he put in over the weekend, when he assisted new recruit Kyogo Furuhashi in scoring a hat-trick on his maiden start at Paradise.

According to Lancs Live, Ange Postecoglou has made it no secret that he admires Christie, with the Australian saying that he has already urged Christie to stay.

I don’t think I need to twist his arm. I’ve already said that if this doesn’t convince him, I don’t think anything can. I think they are more questions for Ryan than me.

I’d love to have him as part of the club. All I can do is treat people as I have seen them, and he has been fantastic from the moment I’ve come into the place.

With the way he’s training and the way he’s playing his football, he’s a fantastic footballer and he suits the way I want to play. But I’m not the master of his future, that’s in his hands. He was brilliant. He’s been good in every game to be fair.

Ange recognises a strong offensive potential, which is why, alongside new lads Furuhashi and Abada, Celtic are beginning to create football worthy of end-of-season highlight reels on a weekly basis.