Caley Thistle manager John Hughes believes midfielder Ryan Christie will take the move to Celtic in his stride.
Christie last week completed his £500,000 switch to the Premiership champions, although he has returned to Inverness on loan until at least the turn of the year.
The 20-year-old has made 66 appearances for Caley Jags since Hughes handed him his debut as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat by the Hoops in December 2013.
Since then, Christie has become a regular for Scotland’s under-21 side, netting in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Northern Ireland in Lurgan.
He was also last year’s Scottish football writers’ young player of the year after helping Inverness win the Scottish Cup and qualify for the Europa League for the first time.
Hughes reckons Christie is destined for big things and takes pride in having overseen his early years at Inverness.
Hughes said: “I’m delighted for him. The moment I came to the club I saw his talent and he needed to be training with the first team.
“We just needed to open the door and give him that opportunity and he’s grabbed it.
“Most importantly, we get him back here until Christmas. He needs to get settled down and play football, so when he goes back to Celtic he’s got another 20 games under his belt.
“I don’t think Ryan is the kind of guy to rest on his laurels. He won’t be a rabbit in the headlights.
“I always say to my players that if anyone moves on to bigger and better things, and if everything is right to the club, I’ll be the first guy to say it’s magnificent because I take a great pride in that.
“He’s one of our own, Inverness born and bred, but we want to see these guys move on to bigger and better things.
“There’s no denying it, we’re in the same league but Celtic are bigger and better.
“Let’s be proud of the fact we played a big part in Ryan getting his dream. That makes me really proud and if I was a supporter I would be looking on with interest at his career, knowing that he started at Inverness.”