Ryan Christie is winning Celtic support over, but contract uncertainty looms large

By David Walton

July 25, 2021

Ryan Christie is undoubtedly making strides to win the Celtic support over, but his contract situation continues to leave a shadow over him.

Christie is going through something of a mini-renaissance this summer. He’s come back for pre-season a totally different player than the one that left for Euro 2020.

Whether it be new manager Ange Postecoglou’s influence or something inside Christie that’s clicked, he’s showing a lot more than what he did in the 2020/21 campaign.

The player’s body language has been exceptional in the last two games in particular. He was our most creative outlet against Midtjylland, and was arguably our liveliest player in the final third yesterday against West Ham United too.

Ryan Christie and his Celtic contract situation makes it hard to embrace his revival

The problem Christie now has is that his contract situation hasn’t changed. He’s still scheduled to leave the club in January, potentially putting a big dent in our attack.

That has a knock-on effect. It means that regardless of how top-notch his individual performances may be, there are still big question marks over his commitment.

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How can the Celtic supporters get excited about a player who’s set to depart? Why bother embracing any revival that’s about to swiftly end in the new year?

So long as Christie continues to have his contract issue hanging over him, he’ll never fully be embraced by the support. There are too many commitment questions to be asked.

However, what fans are acknowledging is the performance he put in yesterday. With a goal to his name against Davie Moyes’ EPL side, the Celtic fans were happy to tip their hats to the attacker:

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