Report: Ryan Christie set for low value French exit from Celtic

By John McGinley

June 20, 2021

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is wanted by Nice and Monaco this summer and prefers a move abroad to a stint in the English Premier League, The Sunday Post reports today [20/06 print edition, Post Match supplement page 2]

Christie has less than a year left on his contract, which expires at the end of 2021.

It’s said that the club will sanction his exit in order to realise a seven-figure fee for him. That’s preferable to nothing in just a few months.

Southampton and Burnley have both been tracking the attacking midfielder. Christie’s preferred option is to move abroad and France holds plenty of appeal to him, The Sunday Post reports.

Hopefully Celtic can include sell-on clause on Ryan Christie deal

Christie has been at Celtic for years, initially taking his time to make a breakthrough into the first team. After loans at Aberdeen, he first thrived under Brendan Rodgers and then became a mainstay in the starting eleven.

Some Celtic supporters have their frustrations with him, such as his tendency to shoot waywardly from distance, but overall he’s been a fine signing from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

In total, he scored 40 goals and assisted 41 more in 142 appearances for the club. [Transfermarkt]

It’s a real shame we won’t be able to turn a significant profit on his ability as he eyes a move to one of Europe’s big leagues.

Ligue 1 could be a good level for him next season and earn him an even bigger move elsewhere. At 26 he has plenty of time left in his career.

At the very least, hopefully, Celtic can insert a decent sell-on clause in the eventuality that he impresses at his next club.

In other news, Celtic only top-flight club not to utilise Scottish Govt loan as Rangers slip further into debt.