Celtic rejected a bid from a German club back in January 2020 for midfielder Ryan Christie, it has been revealed, via the Scotsman.
The Lowdown: Christie’s contract
Christie has been a regular for the Hoops this season, however, he could well end up leaving the club for nothing in less than 12 months’ time.
That’s because his contract, which Transfermarkt has down to expire in May 2022, actually runs out in January 2022.
Should his situation remain the same, Christie can speak to club’s outside of Scotland in the summer and pen a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer in January 2022.
The Latest: Celtic rejected Christie bid
The Scotsman recently ran a story on the midfielder and dropped a claim that the Hoops actually turned down a bid from a German suitor back in January 2020.
It is thought that, at the time, a move to Germany appealed to Christie, and it seems as if Celtic may live to regret that decision.
The news comes as a shock, as, at the time, a bid from Europe for the £7,700-a-week midfielder never came out from the club or in the media.
The Verdict: Peter Lawwell made a huge mistake
In our opinion, looking back, Peter Lawwell made a big transfer blunder.
Since the bid came in, Celtic only had a few months remaining of the 2019/20 season before the national lockdown, and they haven’t exactly thrived with Christie in the side this season.
He’s been criticised regularly by some Hoops fans for his displays, so accepting the bid last year could have been the better move in hindsight.
Unfortunately, now, it looks as if there is a real chance the Hoops may end up receiving nothing for Christie’s services and may have to work out what to do with him during the first half of the 2021/22 season, should he pen a pre-contract agreement elsewhere.
In other news: Alan Nixon shares what’s holding up Eddie Howe deal, find out more here.
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