Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hoping to reward Ryan Christie’s excellent form last season with a contract extension, The Daily Record reports.

Despite suffering from injury midway through the season, Christie contributed massively to our league and cup double last term, scoring 19 goals and assisting 16 times in 43 appearances across all competitions (Transfermarkt).

Deployed in a variety of positions in support of central strikers, he was undoubtedly one of our most impressive performers on the way to nine-in-a-row.

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Now Lennon has revealed talks on a new contract are set to begin soon.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the manager said: “That’s an avenue we will look to pursue. He was terrific for us last year and I’ve love to give him an extension. It’s all quiet right now in terms of talks because there’s been so much going on but we’ll be picking that up again soon.

“He scored 20 goals last year and I’m sure he would have added more if the season went on. That’s a fantastic return for a wide man. But it wasn’t just his goals. It was his all-round game that was so important for us.”

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It’s reported that the attacking midfielder has two years remaining on his current deal.

However, he’s shown significant progress since putting pen to paper on that contract and undoubtedly deserves improved terms.

That the club are actively seeking to extend his stay, even in the middle of a financially difficult pandemic period, is exciting news.

Celtic attacker Ryan Christie

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

Lennon’s comments indicate that contract talks at the club have been put on the back burner as a general rule so if Christie is about to enter talks, it’s possible that there could be a breakthrough in the situation of other stars such as Odsonne Edouard.

If our clout in the transfer market is going to be reduced over the coming period then it’s doubly important we make our current high performers as secure as possible at the club.

That could all begin with a morale-boosting announcement regarding Christie this summer.

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