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Brendan Rodgers keen on tying Ryan Christie to a new deal

Brendan Rodgers keen on tying Ryan Christie to a new deal

Celtic booked their place into the Scottish Cup final with a win over Heart of Midlothian at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Bhoys, who will meet Aberdeen at Hampden Park for the trophy in December, eased to a 3-0 victory and Ryan Christie played a key role in the game.

The 23-year-old, who is in the final year of his four-year contract, was handed the chance to make an impression from the substitutes bench after he replaced Olivier Ntcham and he made the most of it.

Having won the penalty for the first goal, assisted for the second and then netting the third, Christie showed what he could bring to the team and Rodgers has revealed that Celtic are keen to tie him down to a new deal.

“He’s someone that of course we would look to commit to. The club have been talking to his representatives but I’m not aware of any movement. I tend to focus on working with the players,” he told The Herald Scotland.

“He is in the last year but we have had other players like Stuart Armstrong. My focus is on making them better as players, giving them a future here to be involved and be a part of.

“Hopefully then the other stuff can sort itself out. He is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player. You saw his contribution today. You saw it Aberdeen when he was there. It was step-by-step but now is 23. He is at a really good age to come in and have the personality to play at a big club. He did well against Leipzig so he can make a valuable contribution to this team.”

The Verdict:

Christie certainly performed well on Sunday, but there will be an argument that he will need to consistently produce high-quality performances to earn that new deal.

The 23-year-old had been linked with a move away from Celtic in the summer and it could be inferred that if the club were not to have the injuries that they have had already, it would be unlikely that he will have been involved within the team.

He is still a young player and it looks likely that he will have a new deal offered to him, so it will be up the Scotland international to make sure he shows all those at the club that he deserves it.

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