French club eye Ryan Christie in cut-price deal

RYAN CHRISTIE is being eyed in a cut-price deal by OGC Nice. The French side are hoping that Christie’s decision to stall on a new contract with Neil Lennon’s side might open the door for a move abroad.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, Patrick Vieira is an admirer of Christie and may offer a cheaper price deal with his contract running out in summer 2022. The Cote D’Azur side have emerged as targets for the 25-year-old midfielder, alongside Burnley and Newcastle.

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Celtic will no doubt be looking to secure new terms for Christie but if they don’t, they may be tempted with an offer so they maximise their value of the player. Celtic have done well to keep ahold of their star players this transfer window but the speculation will continue as the team continue to perform.

Christie will miss The Glasgow Derby match next weekend after being identified as a close contact by the NHS Track and Trace team after Stuart Armstrong tested positive. Odsonne Edouard is a doubt for the game as is Nir Bitton, with the pair both testing positive whilst on International duty.

Christie was signed from Inverness CT in 2015 with loan spells at ICT as well as Aberdeen before breaking into the Celtic first team. The failure to capture John McGinn from Hibs as well as Stuart Armstrong’s departure opened up a midfield vacancy for Christie that he seized with both hands.

The semi-final win over Hearts at Murrayfield announced Christie as a Celtic player. He scored, assisted and won a penalty as the club sealed their place in the final. Christie went from strength to strength and signed a three year deal in November 2019 but his best form came under Neil Lennon last season.

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