Inverness CT: Ryan Christie hails influence of boss John Hughes

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Ryan Christie
Ryan Christie's dad Charlie played for and managed Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness midfielder Ryan Christie has revealed he is relishing life under manager John Hughes.

Christie, who scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Dundee a fortnight ago, has become a regular in the first team despite being only 19.

"Since I came into the first team last season the gaffer has been brilliant with me," Christie told BBC Scotland.

"He says he's always trying to protect me and not overdo it, and I completely believe that he's trying to do that."

The teenager added: "We like to get the ball down and pass it. He likes players that play in my position to try and get on the ball. Obviously that's a really good thing for me."

Christie has attracted attention on the back of his displays this term and his form was rewarded earlier this season with the SPFL young player of the month award for August.

"I try not to notice it," he added. "It's good that the club is quite small and how the gaffer is with me, and the more experienced players in the changing room. I just kind of block it out and keep my feet grounded.

"It's also good that maybe a couple of years ago people would say that players up here in the Highlands are forgotten about a bit.

"Not just me, Marley (Watkins) getting into the Wales squad as well, it's good to see that we're getting recognised.

Ryan Christie
Ryan Christie was named the SPFL young player of the month for August

"It's a really good community club which is great for young players coming through."

Christie is following in the footsteps of his father Charlie, who played for and managed Inverness, and is currently the head of youth development at the club.

"It more helps than hinders me," he said. "It's always good to have an extra opinion on the game. Most players go home and get a rest but I hear it from him when I go home afterwards.

"He's obviously had the experience so he'll know the pitfalls that there are in the game. He can advise me on that."

Hughes' side, who are second in the Premiership, are looking to bounce back at St Johnstone this weekend after Saturday's surprise 4-0 defeat against Partick Thistle, which ended a season-long unbeaten home record.

"It was disappointing the way we played," Christie said. "Not just Partick, the week before we were a bit lucky to come away with three points.

"I think people forget how much we're punching above our weight. We're such a small club and this isn't really where we belong, sitting in second place.

"It's really good for the club obviously and the longer it continues the better."

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