Report: Dom McKay still in talks with Ryan Christie's reps on new Celtic deal

By John McGinley

August 29, 2021

Celtic CEO Dom McKay is still in discussions on a new contract for attacker Ryan Christie at Ange Postecoglou’s request.

The Scottish Mail on Sunday report that talks continue despite Christie having less than six months left on his current deal. [29/08 print edition, page 159]

In fact, Ange confirmed it in a snippet given to the written press that there’s a dialogue between the parties.

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As quoted by the paper he said: “There’s no real update on that right now. There is a dialogue but nothing significant yet.”

There’s clearly no guarantee that Christie will be staying at the club given his status.

There could be major developments on an exit over the next couple of days, with Celtic only really having that time to realise some cash value on a sale.

It’s previously been reported that Christie is reluctant to sign a pre-contract elsewhere despite having the opportunity. This is due to fears of being frozen out of Celtic action between now and January.

However, something has to give eventually here. At some point we need clarity on the future so we either have his commitment or can plan to adequately replace him.

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The Scotland international wasn’t a stand-out at Ibrox today but he’s been a key part of Postecoglou’s team at the start of this season. He’s created three assists and score one goal in nine appearances, but his overall play has been magic away from that final product.

The manager has made it clear he wants him in the squad, so I’d be keen to keep him. However, really, it’s anyone’s guess whether it’s more likely he leaves than stays. It sounds like even Celtic are in the dark.

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