Celtic ace Ryan Christie is said to be attracting interest from French Ligue 1 duo Monaco and Nice [Sunday Post via Daily Record].
The Lowdown: Exits expected as Celtic rebuild for 2021/22
As Celtic continue preparations for the 2021/22 season, multiple senior players are expected to leave the Parkhead club in the current transfer window.
However, 26-year-old attacking midfielder Christie could be set to become the first casualty of Ange Postecoglou’s tenure following recent developments.
Should Celtic sell Christie for £1 million?
The Latest: Christie could depart for just £1 million
Christie is a target for French clubs Monaco and Nice as his Celtic deal nears its expiration. He is also said to be very keen on a move to Ligue 1 [Daily Record].
Abnormally, the Scotland international’s contract is set to expire in January 2022 instead of next summer.
Celtic would rather recoup a fee for Christie in the present window than lose him for nothing in January and are duly poised to demand a fee of just £1m from prospective bidders to relinquish his services [Daily Record].
The Verdict: Losing Christie for so little will be a bitter blow
Upon reflection, losing one of their key players for a very small fee will surely come as a bitter blow to the Celtic hierarchy.
Despite enduring an inconsistent season in 2020/21 and drawing criticism from fans and pundits alike, Christie still managed 22 goal contributions from 46 outings last term, with seven goals and 15 assists [Transfermarkt].
Previously labelled the ‘complete package’ by former Scotland boss Alex McLeish [Football Insider], the Inverness native made the Premiership WhoScored Team of the Season with an average performance rating of 7.33/10 across the campaign [Sky Sports].
Harshly treated by some within Scotland, Christie’s qualities could flourish in a high-octane top-flight environment in France. Celtic will need to recruit effectively to replace his regular output if indeed he moves to the continent.
In other news, Celtic are locked in talks for a 31-goal frontman.
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