Report: Celtic in no rush to sell Ryan Christie; Postecoglou wants him for UCL qualifier

By David Walton

July 4, 2021

Celtic are in no rush to sell Ryan Christie this summer despite mounting interest, the Sunday Mail reports.

The report states that Crystal Palace are set to make a move for Christie should Patrick Viera join as manager. This is due to the fact he was impressed with the Hoops man back when Celtic went to France last term for pre-season action.

The Sunday Mail also claims that Nice are still interested in Christie despite not yet having made a move. This all comes with the player’s contract bizarrely expiring in January.

But new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou also appears to have a positive viewpoint on Christie. With Celtic in no rush to sell, Postecoglou wants him in his Champions League squad to face FC Midtjylland, the Sunday Mail believes.

The Celtic manager has said in the past that he only wants players committed to the project. Christie’s lack of urgency to sort out a new contract suggests he’s anything but that.

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I’m certainly not pining for Christie to stay at the club. Far from it infact. His performances last season were of a shocking standard given what we know he’s capable of producing.

To put it into context, in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign, Christie managed a stunning 20 goals and 16 assists [Transfermarkt]. He was Celtic’s main man and building a team around him looked the obvious thing to do.

Last season, the same player only produced only managed seven goals. He did bag 15 assists, but his goal total was way off what he should’ve been targeting for the 10-in-a-row season.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His poor form combined with the fact he hasn’t signed a new contract has done nothing for his relationship with supporters. Many would be happy to see Christie leave the club this summer.

And the next week or two will therefore be key in Christie’s Celtic career. It’s still to be seen whether he’ll invest in the Postecoglou project. The manager appears to like what he brings to the table, but something still doesn’t feel right regarding Christie’s own commitment to the football club.

This saga could go in any direction. The final decision, of course, should be in Postecoglou’s hands and nobody elses.

In other news, the Rangers media figures are already resorting to desperation as Postecoglou impresses.