Report: Celtic set to make just £1m on Ryan Christie

By Euan Davidson

August 31, 2021

Celtic are set to lose Ryan Christie for a ludicrously low fee, according to the Daily Record.

According to their report, Bournemouth, managed by former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker, could bring Christie in for just £1m.

The report states that Christie is keen to prove himself in England. Burnley held interest in the Scotland international. However, the midfielder, once linked with Sampdoria in Serie A, is eyeing a move to the Championship.

The 20-cap Scotland international signed for Celtic in 2015, for around half a million pounds [Daily Record]. Loans back to Inverness and to Aberdeen proved worthwhile for the playmaker, who became a Bhoys regular in 18-19.

Since making his breakthrough, he’s scored 41 goals and set up 44 [Transfermarkt]. That production has led to regular Scotland appearances. His heroics against Serbia helped the Tartan Army seal a passage to Euro 2020.

A lateral move for Celtic star Ryan Christie?

Another star man whose fortunes faded in 20-21, it looked as Christie was keen for a Celtic stay.

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His early season form had been excellent, with three assists and a goal in 9 outings thus far [Transfermarkt]. His boundless energy and eye for a killer ball seemed to make him perfect foil for Ange Postecoglou’s system at Celtic.

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However, given his bizarre contract situation, it’s a clear failing of the club that a prized asset looks likely to leave on the cheap. For Celtic, who play their league matches from summer to summer to have a contract run out in January 2022 is flagrantly neglectful.

It was clear his mind was elsewhere on Sunday. Although his energy and willingness to get on the ball was the same as ever, his passing was often astray and directionless. Unlike his typical displays, Christie seemed agitated, distracted even.

That can happen to any player, regardless of their devotion to Celtic. Clearly, though, it seems his time with the club has come to a frustrating end from the Bhoys’ perspective.

As for Bournemouth, it seems like a lateral move where Christie is concerned. He could – and should – be playing top-flight football. Although Bournemouth represent a chance for first-team minutes, and Burnley doesn’t seem like the best fit, those can’t be the only two options for him. Surely?

It’s a frustrating one for Celtic supporters, no doubt. Whether you liked him or not, Christie is worth more than £1m, especially in today’s market. While it’s better than nothing, it’s still a sore one, should the move go ahead.

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