Report: Brendan Rodgers turns attention to Celtic star Ryan Christie

By David Walton

June 21, 2021

After failing to sign Odsonne Edouard, Brendan Rodgers and Leicester are now eyeing up a move for Celtic attacker Ryan Christie, according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail claims that this will be Celtic’s final chance to secure a fee for former Inverness youngster Christie. This is due to his contract being up in January.

Christie has seemingly been in no rush to secure a new deal with the club in recent months. The last time he spoke about an extension was all the way back in October before the first Glasgow derby of the season. Back then, Christie was relaxed and showed no urgency to push a deal through despite Celtic trying to tie him down [Daily Record].

The Daily Mail reports that both Monaco and Nice are monitoring the Celtic man. However, after being frustrated in his pursuit of Odsonne Edouard last week, Rodgers is considering a bid for Christie.

The Scotsman claimed yesterday that Celtic were looking at the prospect of a £1m fee for Christie.

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Many will scoff at the idea of Leicester being interested. After all, Christie has been in generally poor form this season and many would be happy to see him go during the summer rebuild.

However, it’s easy to forget the fact that he managed seven goals and 15 assists last season [Transfermarkt]. These are still promising numbers for a player clearly struggling to hit the heights this season.

Not to mention the fact that it was Rodgers who reinvigorated him at Celtic. After signing under Ronny Deila back in 2015, Christie was nowhere near the team. However, after being sent out to Aberdeen for a couple of loan spells, the tide turned for Ryan.

Ryan Christie in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So it’s not inconceivable that Leicester make a move, Not when you consider the fact that Rodgers knows all about what an in-form Christie can produce. When he was playing at his peak level in recent years, we would all laugh at the idea he couldn’t play in the EPL.

What would be interesting, however, is how much the “Brendan Rodgers tax” would affect any deal. The Athletic reported that Celtic have included that particular clause in any transfer dealings with Leicester. This is due to the ill feeling felt by the support from his Parkhead exit in 2019.

Whether it would be enough to drum up Christie’s value substantially would remain to be seen. However, there’s no denying there are plenty of interested parties here. Selling him won’t be a problem, but getting the right figure may very well be.

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