Christie contract report is concerning regardless of his Celtic form

By David Walton

April 26, 2021

The Ryan Christie contract news yesterday certainly left us Celtic fans with our eyebrows raised.

The Daily Mail reported [print edition, 25/04, back page] that Christie’s deal is actually up in January. The attacking-midfielder can therefore speak to clubs for nothing as soon as July in order to bag himself a free transfer in the new year.

It’s been claimed by the Mail that Christie is leaning towards leaving the club. However, he’s keen to keep his options open.

For many, this won’t be a concern. In fact, the prospect of seeing Christie leave the club sooner will no doubt be a boost for many. After all, there are plenty of supporters who can’t understand what he brings to the team. It’s certainly been a struggling campaign for him, and that’s shown in his performances.

Even so, it remains a major problem that we’ve allowed this to happen. Even more so than allowing Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer’s deal to wind down. The difference between the latter pair and Christie is that we can cash in on them this summer. Yes, their value has been driven down by poor performances and their short contract length, but we know we can still bank on decent fees for them.

Ryan Christie has decent transfer value regardless of current form; contract issue is a problem for Celtic

The same could’ve been said for Christie. Even if his deal was up in the summer, we still could’ve pocketed a good few million for him. The reason being that, despite his inconsistent form this season, people have seen what he can do when on his game. He’s a marketable product that holds real transfer value, and we’re going to miss out on that if his contract does indeed end in January.

That’s why it’s concerning from a Celtic perspective. Not the fact that Christie is such a huge player for us and has impressed this season, but because he still has decent transfer value, and any cash would’ve helped for the rebuild this summer.

Celtic star Ryan Christie / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic likely didn’t want it to come to this. They may have envisioned when he signed his original contract that they would’ve come to terms on a new agreement by now.

But that isn’t the case. If Christie stays this summer and has a storming few months under the new manager, we’ll be kicking ourselves. Considering everyone in green-and-white outside of David Turnbull has underperformed this season, we can’t only point the finger at Christie.

In any case, many Celtic fans didn’t seem too concerned by the report, with plenty happy at the prospect of him leaving the club earlier:

In other news, one particular John Kennedy remark on the Celtic squad is starting to look ridiculous.