What Ryan Christie said about his Celtic contract in 2020

By David Walton

April 26, 2021

As we know by now, Ryan Christie could potentially leave Celtic for nothing in January due to his unusual Celtic contract.

That’s what was reported by the Scottish Daily Mail yesterday [25/04, back page]. Christie is said to be closing in on the final six months of his deal, opening Celtic up to a real problem.

If his deal is up in the new year, that would allow him to speak to clubs from July onwards about a potential free transfer. The Mail also reported that Christie was keeping his options open, but that he’s leaning towards a Parkhead exit this summer.

Here, we take a look at what Christie said about his Celtic contract back in 2020 when he was covering the subject of fresh talks. Even back then, the alarm bells should’ve been ringing about his intention to leave.

“I take it as a compliment”

As quoted by the Scottish Sun back in October, Christie said: “It’s crazy these days when people go into the last two years of their contract and there’s a big freak-out about when they’re going to sign the next one. It’s changed days. My dad always reminds me of when he’d go down to the last week of his contract and still hadn’t heard anything!

“I enjoy football too much to let that affect me. When a game comes around I’m just excited to play. I take it as a compliment if the club wants to offer me a new contract. I’ve said that to the gaffer (former boss Neil Lennon).

“It means you must be doing something right. So I’m happy. I was pleased with my season last year before it tailed off. Now, I want to get back to the highs and top form I hit then. That’s my aim.”

No overwhelming urge from Ryan Christie to sign a new Celtic contract

Make no mistake, Celtic would be crazy not to tie him down on a new deal. It’s no wonder the club has been pushing for it in the past. Not because of his form this season, which has been extremely poor, but because Christie is still an expensive asset.

If Celtic chose to sell him this summer whilst under a long-term contract, we could easily pocket close to £10million for a player of Christie’s profile. If his contract is up in January? That would mean he would leave for free. Regardless of his Celtic form, that’s a concern and a blunder on our part.

But these comments from Christie back in October should’ve had us concerned at the time. No player who wants to commit to their new club decides that he wants to hold it off. That does indeed reek of a player who wants to consider all of his options.

Ryan Christie has struggled this season / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Which is fine to an extent. Every player has a right to decide their own long-term future. But Celtic should’ve been putting a deadline on this in order for them to prepare properly for his departure. The last thing we need is Christie entering the final four or five months of his contract with so much speculation swirling around him.

And it’s definitely not what the new manager needs either. We’ll be gunning for our league title come the start of next season. Side stories about where Christie may be in several months’ time won’t help anyone.

This is something that should’ve been handled long ago. And if Christie is insistent that he wants to hold off or doesn’t want to be at Parkhead anymore, he should’ve been nowhere near the team.

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