Celtic could’ve sold Ryan Christie to Germany in January 2020 but refused to do so, according to the Scotsman.
It was reported yesterday that the Hoops attacker is currently being monitored by Burnley and Norwich City respectively [Daily Mail print edition, 04/04, back page]. This comes as his contract gets set to expire in January.
That means Ryan is able to talk to clubs for nothing as soon as July. A pretty incredible situation we’ve found ourselves in or one of our most sellable assets.
But Celtic could’ve gotten a decent fee in for Ryan back in January 2020 with a full two years left on his contract. The Scotsman believes there was an offer from Germany that Christie was keen on pursuing. In the end, the club decided that he was worth keeping.
Of course, Christie was in better form back then. With 20 goals and 16 assists in the 2019/20 campaign, he was more than playing his part [Transfermarkt].
Celtic already ruing not cashing in on Ryan Christie
Christie is one of the players we took a major risk on this season. Not cashing in on him last summer looks poor, even if there wasn’t much in terms of reported interest.
But the idea that we had a big chance to cash in back in January 2020 now looks like a major missed opportunity in hindsight. After all, Christie only managed two goals between January 2020 and the end of the campaign. His decline had already begun.
There are a few who fall into a similar bracket. Given how dismal the 10-in-a-row pursuit has been, the club has been let down after taking calculated risks with the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer. Both of those players could’ve went for massive money last summer.
Of course, had Celtic sold Christie back in 2020 and raked in substantial cash, it wouldn’t have been met with anger. Not if we found a suitable replacement, which with the money we likely would’ve got for him should’ve been the case.
Instead, we’re looking down the barrel of being lowballed as we continue to rue not cashing in. Christie’s time to leave was, at the latest, last summer.
Celtic’s risk has backfired, and now offers such as the one on the table from Germany in 2020 will forever be looked back upon with real regret.