It’s been one of those transfer stories that has been indicative of Celtic’s season. The news that Ryan Christie had only one year left on his contract, although still not ideal, was met with derision when it was finally made public that the year was in fact just six months.
Reports today are linking the Scotland midfielder with a move to the French league as the tax haven of Monaco or the vineyards of Nice look to be laying in wait.
Christie was once linked with a £10m move just twelve months ago to Nice, but Celtic rebuffed any advances from the French cracks but with the mid table team ready to return this summer with a £1m bid, the Celtic board will now be kicking themselves that they didn’t cash in last summer.
With Christie’s contract ready to expire, incredibly, in January, the Celtic board have no option but to accept a ridiculously low fee for a player that was once the hottest property in Scottish football.
Questions need to be asked of the board at how they allowed the Christie contract situation come to this. How could they have allowed a contract to be agreed that expires midway through a season?
How could they reject a £10m offer for a player that they knew was in the final year of his contract? We will probably never get these answers but lessons need to be learned.