Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has accused midfielder Ryan Christie of playing for a move away from Glasgow.
Christie, who reportedly earns £16,000-a-week, still has 18 months remaining on his contract at Celtic Park, and has been linked with Arsenal as well as the likes of Leicester, Southampton and Newcastle.
His form has dropped off this season, although the Scottish international has still proved a key figure for the Hoops this season in their tame defence of the league title, scoring four goals, whilst adding 10 assists in the Scottish Premiership.
Christie, who scored the opening goal in Scotland’s play-off penalty shoot-out victory over Serbia back in November, will be hoping his form has done enough to secure a place in Steve Clarke’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
But McAvennie admitted that he’s been trying too hard in certain matches, and after labelling the midfielder as playing for himself rather than being a team player, expects Christie to leave Celtic this summer.
He told Football FanCast: “I think Ryan has been one of those trying to play for a move. If everything I’m hearing in Glasgow is correct, then he will be on his way. There is no shortage of clubs looking at him.
“Most of them are playing for themselves, playing for a move. Maybe Ryan didn’t like Lenny, I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to the boy.
“But it looks to me like he was playing for a move. He was trying everything. He was hitting them from 40 yards. There were passes to be made and he wasn’t taking that option and he was having a shot. He was going for the spectacular most of the time rather than playing it easy.”