Report: Celtic rejected £8m bid for Ryan Christie last summer

By John McGinley

June 20, 2021

Celtic could have sold Ryan Christie for £8m to Nice last summer, it has been reported by The Scotsman today.

As we discussed earlier, the Ligue 1 side are still in the hunt for the attacking midfielder, alongside Monaco.

With just six months left on his contract, it’s reported he is a certainty to leave Celtic Park this summer. The paper say both the club and the player have accepted this outcome.

Journalist Andrew Smith believes Celtic will struggle to bring in a fee of much more than £1m for the player given this contract status.

The report states Celtic have rejected two bids for Christie over the last 18 months. One from an unnamed club in the Bundesliga last January. The other came from Nice last summer, who offered £8m.

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Celtic, as we know, chose a strategy of retaining those perceived to be key players in an effort to push for ten-in-a-row.

Kristoffer Ajer has also gone on the record saying he was promised he could leave Glasgow last summer, before a later agreement was reached for him to stay.

The club are also thought to have refused to sell Odsonne Edouard.

Celtic Ryan Christie strategy was a risk that hasn’t paid off

In a way you can’t blame the club for looking to retain our big players last summer.

The fans had weighed in heavily on season tickets despite the pandemic. The market was depressed because of the global situation.

Had we sold a trio or quartet of talented players there would have been a massive outcry, we can’t hide away from that as supporters. Everything’s easier with hindsight.

Ryan Christie celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it also appears to have been a risk that hasn’t paid off. In taking these decisions last year, the club knew they were potentially wiping millions off the selling value of a number of assets.

Christie performed poorly throughout last season, which adds insult to injury in his case. At least Kris Ajer showed good form throughout and Edouard banged in more than 20 goals.

Whatever is next for Christie, Celtic’s strategy has been left looking detrimental.

In other news, Celtic sources tell newspaper Gordon Strachan isn’t lined up for club rebuild.