Report: Burnley interested in Celtic star Ryan Christie; missed out on him five years ago

By David Walton

September 27, 2020

Burnley are eyeing up a move for Ryan Christie within the final few weeks of the transfer window, according to the Daily Record.

The Record says that Sean Dyche is a huge fan of the Celtic attacker, and that he was interested in taking him down south before the Hoops signed him back in 2015.

The newspaper believes that, since then, Dyche has continued to monitor Christie’s progress and is ready to try and eye a bargain deal before the window closes on October 5th.

Greg Taylor celebrates after setting up Ryan Christie (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dyche views Christie as a potential cheaper option than the inflated English market down south, the Record reports. However, Neil Lennon is reportedly unwilling to sell.

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The former Inverness and Aberdeen man has been one of Lennon’s go-to players this season, bagging three goals and five assists in 10 appearances for the Hoops in the current campaign (Transfermarkt).

Christie can frustrate, but selling now just isn’t on

Yes, we all have our moments when it comes to Christie. When he’s firing what looks to be a simple cross over everyone’s heads, it can be met with a collective grumble around the entire Celtic support.

However, selling him is a no-go. He still takes on a lot of responsibility in this side, and Lennon is clearly a massive fan of his talent. If you strip away Christie’s goals and assists for the club then you’re going to have a hard season.

Should he be allowed to leave, Celtic would only have Tom Rogic available as a natural replacement. As good as Rogic is, he can’t be relied to stay fit over the course of a full season, and we would still need to sign another number 10 for competition in any case.

Ryan Christie can’t be allowed to leave / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s also unlikely that Burnley are going to offer mega-money to prize him away from Glasgow. With a contract that sits with only two years remaining on it, it’s clear that the Turf Moor side are going to try and nab him on the cheap. What use is that to Celtic?

As for the player himself, growing up a Celtic fan will surely mean that his mindset is focused exclusively towards securing 10-in-a-row. It’s a fabled achievement for everyone connected with the club and shouldn’t be tossed to the side just for a shot at the English Premier League.

Hopefully Christie will never have that decision to make of course. Any interest from Dyche and Burnley should be swiftly booted out the door.

In other news, 67HH writer John Reid explains why Celtic should be in no rush to bring Christopher Jullien back into the starting line-up.