Report outlines Celtic's Ryan Christie July concern

By David Walton

April 25, 2021

Ryan Christie is free to talk to any interested suitors in from July, according to the Daily Mail [print edition, 25/04, back page].

It had been assumed that Christie had been under contract until the summer of 2022. Celtic officially stated they had tied him down on a new three-year deal during the 2018/19 campaign.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Christie is actually only under contract at Parkhead until January 2022. That means the Scotland international only has eight months remaining on his contract.

The report claims that Christie has been keen to keep his options open regarding his long-term future. Celtic have failed to secure Christie on another deal since his impressive 2018/19 campaign saw him reach new heights.

The Daily Mail believes that Christie is edging towards finding a new home after a struggling 2020/21 season.

Celtic’s Ryan Christie looks likely to depart; but Hoops have made a real blunder

It’s not so much a concern that we’re losing Christie’s influence on the team. He’s struggled to impress whatsoever this season, and has more often than not failed to produce the goods. with only seven goals to his name in 43 appearances, he’s lost his goalscoring touch [Transfermarkt].

However, what makes this a blunder from a Celtic perspective is the fact we’ve allowed an asset to enter his final few months of his deal. If his contract does indeed end in January 22nd, we’re potentially missing out on around £10m or so.

It looks as though Christie was simply another risk the club took last summer when we held on to our top stars. And just like the rest of them, he’s underperformed to a considerable degree. So much so that there has been real anger towards him from the club’s supporters for his displays.

Celtic attacker Ryan Christie (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It doesn’t help that Christie’s dad Charlie, another former Celtic player, has talked up his son’s ability to play in England [Glasgow Times]. That should’ve been an immediate red flag for Celtic. It’s no surprise that he’s potentially inching towards leaving the club.

If he does, it’s just another part of the rebuild that needs to be pieced together. Christie has largely been disappointing throughout the campaign, so what he’s brought to the table this term won’t be missed.

But what a chance we had to get some decent money for a player of his true capabilities. If he leaves for nothing, there’ll be plenty of regret there.

In other news, Scott McDonald has urged Celtic to learn from their key transfer mistakes this summer.