Celtic pundit Russell Boyce has recently made a claim about Ryan Christie and his future at Parkhead.
Boyce appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was Ryan Christie, his performance against St. Mirren and his future at Parkhead. Boyce believes that the Scotsman’s future lies away from the Parkhead-based club.
Christie recently found the back of the net in Celtic’s 4-0 win over St. Mirren. The midfielder came off the bench in the second half and he was assisted by Tom Rogic (as per Whoscored). He is currently valued at £8.10m.
Will Christie leave in the summer?
On the podcast, the panel discussed whether Celtic should look to build a team around Christie from next season onwards. Boyce made his doubts clear about this, doubting the Scotsman’s long-term future at the club.
He said (15:12)” I definitely agree, I think he could be an influential player but I don’t really want players who don’t want to be at Celtic. My instinct tells me he wants to leave and I’m convinced he’ll want out at the end of the season. I’m basing it out of nothing – just my own intuition is telling me I don’t think he wants to be here.”
TIF Thoughts on Boyce’s comments on Christie…
Christie’s current deal at Parkhead runs out in the summer of 2022 and he is yet to pen a new deal too.
So while his performances have been decent, there is no shortage of interest in him. Since his contract runs out in 2022 though, Celtic will have to hurry up to hand him a new deal. If they don’t, they might have to sell him in the summer or his value could go down from then on. So if Christie doesn’t want to sign a new deal, selling him in the summer would make sense.