Report: Southampton have no interest in move for Celtic star Ryan Christie

By David Walton

August 25, 2021

Southampton have no interest in signing up Celtic attacker Ryan Christie, according to TalkSPORT presenter Alex Crook.

The Scottish Sun reported days ago that the English Premier League club were eyeing up a cut-price deal for the in-form Hoops man. It was also said that they were willing to wait in order to bag him for free in January too.

Christie has been playing out of his skin under new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou. However, with his contract expiring in January, questions over his long-term Parkhead future just won’t go away.

Thankfully, however, one of his reported main suitors in Southampton may not be making a move. Saints-focused journalist Crook has reported that he’s been told there’s no interest from the club in Christie.

The player continues to be linked with moves away with just under a week remaining in the transfer window.

Ryan Christie move from Celtic to Southampton looks like a no-go

Out of all of the EPL clubs said to be interested in the player, Southampton were by far the most attractive. If they’re to make the decision not to move for Christie, it’s a boost for Celtic’s hopes.

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Of course, there’s only one way Christie can make all of this go away. By signing a new deal at Parkhead, the transfer gossip would finally come to an end. He’d yet to indicate that he’s ready to stay at Celtic for the long-term, and that remains a concern.

Granted, you can say there’s a clear positive in the fact that Postecoglou is playing him regularly. Especially when the manager has made it clear he won’t bother himself with those uncommitted to the football club. But Odsonne Edouard is also featuring regularly despite clearly not wanting to be here for the long-term.

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Whether Christie falls into the same bracket or not is anyone’s guess. Only the player himself knows for certain what he wants to do next.

It’s difficult to shake off the notion that a new deal would’ve been signed by now if he wanted it. It shouldn’t be taking up to the final few months of a contract before a new one is signed. Something hasn’t gone right here regardless of how much it may be downplayed.

But one thing’s for certain, we’re closing in on an answer to this soon. With the transfer window set to close next week, hopefully Christie’s future becomes a lot clearer.

In other news, Ross Doohan addresses long-term Celtic hopes