Davie Provan believes Ryan Christie is "determined to leave" Celtic

By David Walton

July 22, 2021

Davie Provan has hailed Ryan Christie for his performance vs Midtjylland, but believes he still looks “determined to leave” Celtic.

Christie was one of the players named in Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive Celtic starting XI. The new Hoops boss has already said in the past that he’ll only work with players committed to the project [The Herald].

So in Christie’s case many will raise an eyebrow. His contract is up in January leaving him free to talk to clubs now. In addition to that, there’s no sign of him signing a new one.

And despite putting in an energetic display against Midtjylland, Provan believes he has one eye on a move.

Speaking on last night’s Go Radio Football Show, Provan said: “I think he is a player who is intending to move. Clearly would have signed a new contract by now if he wanted to stay long-term. I think he sees his future in England. That was a good stage for him to perform on last night, the European arena. Although he has already proved that he is good enough to play in Europe.

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“But I don’t think he will be short of clubs when he eventually runs his contract out. I think that tells you about the boy. I think he is a decent type. I don’t think he is the type who could go out on the pitch and give you anything less than 100%.

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“Now not all boys are like that. Oliver Ntcham springs to mind as one who has looked for some time as if he is going through the motions and he wants to be somewhere else. But one thing about Christie – particularly last night – he put in a terrific shift. It is just a pity that he seems determined to leave Celtic.”

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And this is the problem we have. Christie can put in 10 consecutive performances like he did against Midtjylland, it still wouldn’t change things. The reason? He hasn’t shown the utmost commitment.

Doing so would result in Christie signing a new contract and nothing else. You can’t use performances to show your desire to succeed at a particular football club when your contract is up in a few months. That won’t win fans over on its own.

The last thing we need is Christie becoming an integral part of this team only for him to be ripped away from us in January. There are major cons with him re-establishing himself here given the circumstances.

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But something doesn’t feel right about all of this. Don’t be surprised to see Christie pen a new deal. Especially when you consider this is a fresh start for everyone at the club.

If Postecoglou isn’t getting 100% commitment from him, Christie wouldn’t be in the squad. The manager clearly likes what he’s seeing and hearing from the attacker.

We’ll see if that results in a new deal. If it doesn’t, we have a big problem coming up if Christie becomes a focal point this term.

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