Celtic could end up losing Ryan Christie for nothing over the next 12 months.
According to The Mail on Sunday, cited by the Daily Record, the 26-year-old’s contract actually expires in January 2022. Transfermarkt have his expiry date down for May 2022, but it seems as if that is not the case.
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Christie, who earns £12,000 per week at Parkhead, has attracted interest from a plethora of Premier League clubs since the turn of the year. The £8.1m-rated midfielder has been a regular for the Hoops this season, making 43 appearances in all competitions under both Neil Lennon and John Kennedy.
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If Peter Lawwell and Dominic McKay don’t get Christie’s situation sorted over the coming months, they could be in for a transfer blunder. The 26-year-old will be able to talk to clubs outside of Scotland this summer ahead of a potential free transfer in January.
Should the Scotland international have no intentions of extending his Parkhead stay, Lawwell and McKay may be forced to sell him at a cut-price fee to prevent them from receiving nothing at the beginning of 2022.
It may only be for a few million, but that would be better than allowing Christie to walk away halfway through the 2021/22 season on a free transfer. Now is the time to act in order to try and prevent that from happening.
In other news: Celtic have £4.35m bid turned down for centre-back, find out more here.
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