Chris Sutton is at a loss over Celtic star Ryan Christie contract situation

By Euan Davidson

July 24, 2021

Celtic hero Chris Sutton believes the lack of movement for Ryan Christie suggests a contract renewal can be done for the Scotland man.

Christie, who returned to the Celtic team against Midtjylland despite speculation about his future, impressed on Tuesday night. Playing on the left-wing, his movement, creativity and shooting created chances for the Bhoys.

Indeed, Liel Abada’s debut goal was a rebound from a Christie shot. Heavily criticised last season, Christie has an unusual contract which runs out in January 2022 [The Daily Mail [print edition, 25/04, back page]].

Burnley and Sampdoria had been reportedly interested in the Scotland star. However, Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column that if a deal was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now.

Sutton said [Daily Record]:

“If Christie, or Odsonne Edouard, have a queue of suitors I’m at a loss to understand what is the hold up in them going? Or maybe there isn’t a queue.

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“Burnley want the playmaker but they are not a better option than Celtic, England or not England. Anyway, I’m not sure if he’d fancy their style of play.

“The fact Christie hasn’t been snapped up already tells me the door is open to get him re-signed and that’s a door I’d be walking through.

“At a time of transition he’s a quality player who can make a difference and he knows the scene.”

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Still a quality player: Chris Sutton on Celtic man Ryan Christie contract situation

It’s hard to disagree with Chris Sutton here. Putting a difficult 20-21 aside, Christie has been a quality player for Celtic.

In 143 games for the Bhoys, he’s contributed to 81 goals. Those contributions are split almost evenly, into 40 goals and 41 assists [Transfermarkt]. That’s absolutely phenomenal output, and it’s far from easy to replace.

Played out position, and not looking entirely fit throughout Lennon’s last season, Christie was criticised frequently for his wayward shooting. However, the ponderous attacking play from Celtic left time for defenders to organise against Edouard runs. Additionally, an out-ball on the wing was practically non-existent. Sometimes, all he could really do was shoot.

Chris Sutton put it better, perhaps. He wrote [Daily Record]:

“Watching him against Midtjylland in midweek I saw a player with total commitment to the club and the ability to play a vital part in the future.

“Celtic should be going to him with a contract offer right now that he simply can’t turn down.

“It’s always been puzzling why some of the Parkhead support haven’t really taken to the playmaker.

“Fair enough, he might not always be brilliant but he never hides, he never seems to lack desire and he certainly seems to give everything.”

Indeed, if Christie only has five, six months left on his contract, he isn’t really a player we can lose for nothing.

It might not be universally popular right away, but Christie should be offered a new contract. At the very least, to ensure we don’t get swindled for a player who, on his day, can win football matches.

In other news: Celtic have had their eye on this player for a long time

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