Most of the attention when it comes to possible exits this summer will go to Eddy and Kristoffer Ajer, but it looks like there’s an interesting situation brewing with Ryan Christie.
It’s hard to think of any contracts that don’t end when a season does, but recent reports are claiming that his deal actually runs out in January 2022, so other teams will be able to negotiate with him shortly.
At the time of his signing The BBC did report that it was a four year contract so it doesn’t quite add up, but that also suggested he was loaned back to Inverness with a January recall option so perhaps the Celtic contract didn’t fully kick in until that point.
If it is true then it means that a decision will need to be taken as soon as possible, but it’s also possible that his stock down south is higher than it should be after a poor run of form.
If the reported interest from Premier League clubs is genuine then it will push his wage demands to a point that Celtic won’t want to go, but it will surely come down to the new manager.
Christie looks like a player who needs to feel confident but he’s also incredible hard working, so if it is someone like Eddie Howe who gets the job then you can see him thriving in the new system if it’s based on a pressing and attacking style.
It does seem hard to believe that Celtic would give him a contract that ends in January, never mind allowing it to run into the last six months, but this is going to be one of the first things that needs to be sorted out when the new manager takes over.