Celtic hero Ryan Christie has indicated he is open to extending his contract at the club after a phenomenal start to the season, The Scottish Sun report.
The attacking midfielder last signed a new deal in November 2018, until 2022, but his form since has been phenomenal and he deserves a new extended contract that ties him down for a much longer period.
Christie is our top scorer this season, having netted 16 times.
He’s also been a key creative talent, registering 11 assists. One of those came against Rangers during Sunday’s League Cup final. It was his cross from a set-piece that caught out the Ibrox men and allowed Christopher Jullien to fire home.
With so much at stake on the pitch right now, the 24-year-old is not paying too close attention to his future but has admitted tentative discussions have been ongoing regarding a new contract.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said ahead of the recent Hampden clash: “I am playing for an unbelievable team and playing some of the best football of my career. So I can’t think of a better place to kick on.
“It is still kind of very early days, just a few chats, that is it. I think now with the amount of games in December it is probably the last thing on my mind.
“I just want to focus on the football with cup finals and other big games coming up, and more towards the end of the season that will take care of itself.”
Should be a big priority
Although it doesn’t sound like a new contract is set to be announced imminently, it should be a big priority for the club this season.
There’s obviously no reason to panic since there is still quite a bit left on his current deal, but securing our biggest assets is key to the ongoing strategy employed by the club.
Deals for Callum McGregor and James Forrest have recently been completed, despite that duo also having long-term contracts at the time they put pen to paper.
To ward off any transfer interest and to keep the player as happy as possible, rewarding him would be a great move from the decision-makers at Celtic Park.
He’s clearly happy to be playing his football at the Bhoys. Long may it continue.