Ryan Christie will be the first Celtic summer departure with two English Premier League clubs hovering, according to the Scottish Daily Mail [print edition, 04/05, back page].
Christie’s contract is said to expire in January. That, therefore, means that he would be able to talk to clubs about a potential pre-contract move as soon as July. That would more or less give Celtic three months to try and wrap up a quick summer deal.
An official date for the opening of the summer transfer window in Scotland hasn’t yet been confirmed. However, it’s expected that there will be a host of work done at the club over the course of the next few months.
And the Daily Mail believes that both Burnley and Norwich City are interested in taking Christie south. They say that Celtic are keen to recoup some cash for the player, whilst it’s understood Christie also has options on the continent.
The Mail claims that Burnley will only make their move once they secure Premier League status for next season.
Ryan Christie leaving Celtic won’t come as a surprise to anyone
The time is clearly right for Christie to leave Celtic as there appears to be both commitment and quality issues.
Christie hasn’t produced the same form this season that he was showing even last term. Seven goals and 14 assists in 44 appearances doesn’t read too badly, but Christie’s all-round game has decreased badly [Transfermarkt].
So much so that Celtic fans won’t exactly be disappointed if he does go. In fact, all it would do is lead to a much happier fan-base as we know that there’s a good chance we would be able to improve on him.
The Christie camp haven’t helped things either. First you had the player talking about how he was in no rush to sign a new deal earlier this season [Daily Record]. Then you had his father Charlie come out and effectively talk up a Premier League move [Glasgow Times].
Things haven’t felt right since then. Christie’s form has taken a dip, and a refusal to commit to the club earlier raised some eyebrows. After all, if he wanted a long-term stay at Celtic, it was clearly simple for him to sort it out. He’s gone against doing that, and it’s felt as though his mind has wandered to his next move ever since.
When Christie goes, not many of us will struggle to sleep on the night. Hopefully, he’s the first of many as this football club continues to need an exodus.