Former England defender and now pundit Danny Mills has been reacting to a recent update regarding Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie.
It was thought his contract ran until next summer, but it seems as if that is not the case.
Former boss Neil Lennon admitted Christie was open to a new challenge at some stage, with the report suggesting he could use this summer’s European Championships as a chance to impress other clubs ahead of a potential Celtic Park exit.
Mills, 43, talking to Football Insider, shared his surprise when asked about the recent news coming out of Parkhead regarding Christie, labelling it as ‘bizarre’.
Will Christie move to the Premier League?
“I don’t understand that.
“Normally, contracts run from the 1st of July to the 30th of June and that’s every single football contract I’ve ever seen. Unless it’s a short-term deal or a loan.
“I didn’t think that was allowed, in all honesty.
“It’s a bizarre situation. I’ve never heard of that before and I didn’t think it would be allowed.
“All Football League contracts all run 1st of July to 30th of June as standard and that’s how it’s always been.
“I’m not sure who’s done that deal whether it’s a stroke of genius or they’ve just put the wrong date in.”
Transfer Tavern take
We’re with Mills as far as the shock factor of the news, and we feel it could impact new CEO Dominic McKay over the coming months, who is going to be faced with numerous tough decisions while rebuilding a stagnant squad.
Should Christie refuse to discuss a new deal, McKay and Celtic may be placed in an awkward situation.
The midfielder regularly been criticised by several supporters during the season, but he’s actually been the club’s second-best Premiership performer with a match rating average of 7.33/10, as per WhoScored.
On that basis, McKay and the rest of the Hoops hierarchy may be torn as to what to do with Christie.
They could look to sell with six months remaining on his contract, with a number of Premier League sides keen at the turn of the year, or they could look to keep him for the first half of the 2021/22 season with the risk of losing him for nothing in January 2022.
It will definitely be a situation to keep a close eye on over the summer…
In other news: Hoops source shares Eddie Howe update, find out more here.
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