TalkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has predicted that Ryan Christie will sign a new contract at Celtic, with question marks over his future continuing to circulate [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Christie contract situation rumbles on into 2021/22 season
Facing a pivotal season in 2021/22 with automatic Champions League qualification on offer for the winners of the Scottish Premiership [BBC], Ange Postecoglou will be keen to ensure he secures the future of his best players in order to come out victorious in the title race.
One man who faces an uncertain next few months at the Hoops is 26-year-old Christie, who’s contract is due to expire in January 2022 [Transfermarkt].
Despite this, the Scotland international is reportedly open to signing a new contract at Celtic [The Scottish Sun].
Should Christie sign a new contract at Celtic?
The Latest: Agbonlahor believes it’s only a matter of time
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, ex-pro turned pundit Agbonlahor was very optimistic on Celtic star Christie putting pen to paper on an extension, stating: “They want him to stay and I think he will stay eventually.”
The former Villa man also added: “I think he’s just waiting for that big new deal. When he’s putting in performances like he did last weekend, I think it’s only a matter of time.
“It’s positive times for Celtic after recent results. Things might be starting to look a little bit on the up.
“With Rangers losing their last couple of games, it shows that if they get their act together they’ve got a good chance of making a much closer title race”.
The Verdict: Celtic should do everything in their power
Becoming a pivotal part of Postecoglou’s new-look Hoops outfit, Celtic will be doing everything they can to keep Christie in Glasgow beyond the expiration date on his current deal.
Adept in leading the press from the front as well as providing creativity and energy, Christie has rightfully attracted adulation for his performances in recent times, labelled as ‘outstanding’ by former Scotland manager Alex McLeish last year [Football Insider].
Starting off 2021/22 in striking fashion, the Inverness-born midfielder has registered four goal contributions from six appearances; one goal and three assists [Transfermarkt].
Furthermore, his rate of 4.5 key passes per game proves he is one of Celtic’s most influential players so far this campaign [WhoScored].
Celtic must look to tie Christie down to a new deal before it is too late.
In other news, Celtic have been linked with a Republic of Ireland international.
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