Report: Sean Dyche puts Celtic attacker Ryan Christie on target list ahead of transfer deadline

By David Walton

August 23, 2021

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has placed Celtic attacker Ryan Christie on a list of potential targets to bring in before the transfer window closes, the Daily Record reports.

The report claims that the English Premier League outfit have made several moves for Christie in the past. And with Dyche now looking to add to a poor-looking Burnley attack, Christie is one of the names on his list.

It’s said by the Record that Christie’s name is on a list containing the likes of Watford’s Will Hughes and Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet. It remains to be seen if Burnley will look to bring in more than one of those options.

The report also states that Sampdoria are among the clubs to have registered their own interest in the Scotland international too. Earlier in the summer, it was reported that Christie was keen on a move abroad [Daily Record].

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has consistently praised Christie for his attitude since he arrived at the club. He also gave him the captain’s armband when Callum McGregor came off against St Mirren on Saturday. As of yet, the player’s deal is still up in January.

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Celtic attacker Ryan Christie surely wouldn’t find a move to Burnley appealing

Last season, you could understand why Christie may have been interested in a move to the Clarets. After all, it was a move to the EPL whilst Celtic were in all sorts of turmoil. He was underperforming and fans were getting sick of it. Any move seemed like a good one only several months ago.

However, things are much different now. He’s a key cog for a manager who’s looking to revolutionise the way Celtic play football. A manager who wants to invest his faith in Christie and potentially build his team around him.

He’s been given a senior role at the club given the armband responsibility handed to him yesterday. Not to mention the fact that he’s a Celtic fan and will surely have grown up dreaming of one day being the captain.

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Would you really throw all of that away to move to a Burnley or Norwich? two clubs who look like good bets to go down to the Championship this season? Christie may look at it and say it’s a move to the EPL, but what fan is that if you don’t have the talent around you to compete efficiently?

Christie has the opportunity to shoot himself to new heights at Parkhead. A chance to ensure he continues to be a key player for the Scottish national team. There’s very little that should be pulling him towards a move to Burnley when you weigh everything up. Especially not for a player who supports the Hoops.

The next few months are going to be extremely interesting. The fear is Christie could sign for a new club tomorrow out of nowhere. All we can do is hope he sees the light and signs on in Glasgow.

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