Report: Celtic hopes of new Ryan Christie contract dwindle

By John McGinley

August 30, 2021

Celtic hopes of tying Ryan Christie down to a new contract have dwindled in recent days, The Scotsman reports.

As we discussed last night, manager Ange Postecoglou confirmed there was still a dialogue open between the club and his representatives.

However, it seems that these talks have again stalled. The Scotsman say that English Championship side Bournemouth now feel they are front-runners for his signature. Burnley are also said to be keen.

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That’s where journalist Alan Nixon comes in.

He reports “late drama” tonight in that a deal had actually been agreed with Burnley for Christie to go to Turf Moor, only for Bournemouth to make a late play.

Nixon believes that more money is on offer from Burnley but that Christie’s playing chances are better on the south coast.

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Where all this leaves Celtic is that two major exits could happen before tomorrow’s deadline – Christie and Odsonne Edouard, as we discussed earlier.

That puts the Bhoys behind the eight ball a bit. The two most spoken about arrivals – Georgios Giakoumakis and Jota – appear to be direct replacements.

But will Celtic fans accept a two in, two out transfer deadline day when we have urgent need in other positions across the pitch? I’m not so sure.

What I do know is that tomorrow could well be one of the more interesting days of the season, both in terms of drama and ramifications for our ambitions.

Celtic have a lot of work ahead.

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