Former Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan is confident that Ryan Christie will be happy to commit his immediate future to Celtic.
The Daily Record reported this week that the 25-year-old is set to begin talks with Neil Lennon about a lucrative new deal at the club, with two years still left on his current contract, as the manager seeks to safeguard his midfield asset from any prospective suitors.
The Hoops could become the first team in Scottish history to win 10 consecutive league titles next season and, having seen him score 19 goals in the most recent campaign for Celtic, Whelan fully expects Christie to stay put at Parkhead.
The ex-Aberdeen striker told Football Insider: “I think winning trophies, why would you want to go anywhere else? He’s very happy at the club, he seems to love the club, the fans love him, he’s had a great year, last year as well.
“It looks like he’s progressing, getting better and better, when you’ve got a happy football player and winning trophies, winning leagues, winning cups and you’re in Europe, why would you be looking anywhere else right now?
“I’m sure if they’re going to put a contract in front of his face, he can’t pick that pen up quick enough to sign it. It’s great the way Celtic are going about their business, keeping hold of their prized assets and there’s more to come from him, absolutely.”
Will Ryan Christie sign a new deal at Celtic?
Whelan’s point of view is a fair one, with Christie enjoying such an excellent season on an individual and collective level. The Hoops retained the Premiership and Betfred Cup to add to their three consecutive domestic trebles from 2017 to 2019, with their most recent league title their ninth in a row. They also topped their Europa League group, recording a first competitive win in Italy along the way as they made an impression on the continent.
The attacking midfielder ended the season with a haul of 19 goals and 16 assists, his scoring tally beaten only by centre-forward Odsonne Edouard among Celtic’s squad and his assists tally the third-highest at Parkhead in 2019/20 (as per TransferMarkt).
Christie was a regular starter in the Premiership and Europa League during that campaign, which was emphatically his best in terms of his goal output.
He is thriving at a club where tangible success has become an annual ritual, so Whelan is quite right to feel that the 25-year-old will happily extend his stay at Celtic.
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