Celtic fans will be hoping that Ryan Christie will sign a new contract. Of that there is no doubt.
The form the Scotland midfielder is showing under Ange Postecoglou is reminiscent of the type of form that we saw under Brendan Rodgers Invincibles team.
Direct, dynamic and an eye for a pass, Christie has been scintillating so far this season and the fans are hopeful that nowt the joy is back in his game it may tempt him to sing a contract extension.
Not so says Noel Whelan. The former Aberdeen man says that Christie is likely to end up in England in this transfer window and that any money Celtic receive can only be perceived as a bonus.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said, “I think we’ll be seeing him in the Premier League.
“I think any money that comes in with only six months left on the contract is a bonus.
“For Celtic, I just think it’s a matter of getting whatever they can right now.
“Get him off the books if he isn’t going to sign another contract. Get a fee for him and maybe use that to pay another player’s wages who can come in and replace him.
“They’ve been in the market for a centre-half and a left-back for a while now at Celtic, and this money could go a long way towards getting that done.”
Celtic fans will be hoping he has this wrong and that Christie will in fact stay at the Hoops for another year. But as each day passes, it seems less and less likely that is going to happen.