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Celtic: Russell move could be bad for Christie

With Celtic’s season essentially done and dusted for another year, the priority is all about the future now.

Finding a successor to Neil Lennon is of utmost importance but if you believe reports, they’re also on the hunt for a Director of Football.

Whoever comes in will have a big task on their hands with a number of players potentially leaving.

On the chalkboard

The Athletic have predicted that as many as 12 players could leave Parkhead in the summer, whether it be at the end of their contract or for a fee.

One such player is Ryan Christie. The winger has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Leeds in recent months, and judging by his recent form he wouldn’t be a great loss.

Christie has only scored once since October; that’s a run stretching as far as 24 matches. For a man who found the net on 20 occasions last term, it’s been a wretched season for the winger.

He is desperately out of form and nothing defines that more than his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Ross County. The attacker missed a succession of chances, blazing a woeful effort over the bar from just a matter of yards out. Clearly, his finishing has got worse.

The solution

Celtic have been touted with signing a few players this summer. Mohamed Elyounoussi has been linked with making a permanent switch to Glasgow while Robbie Brady is supposedly on their radar too.

Though, another player dreaming of a move to the Hoops is Johnny Russell.

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The boyhood Celtic fan is currently playing in MLS for Kansas City but is still holding out for a switch to Parkhead. It remains to be seen whether he’s in Nick Hammond’s recruitment plans but if he does make the move, it could be disastrous for Christie’s Celtic career.

Russell, who has scored 27 goals for Kansas City, plays in a number of positions but they just so happen to be Christie’s strongest suits too.

The Scotland international has made a career of playing on the right of midfield – an area familiar to Christie – while he can also play on the left and as a centre-forward.

With that in mind, he could force the Celtic wide man out by taking his place in the squad. After all, he might offer the Bhoys more by way of not only goals, but also work rate.

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Talking about his qualities when Russell was still at Derby, Gary Rowett commented: “I have seen as much of him as I have seen any of the players; I like what he’s about as a character. He works hard, plays for the team and has got quality.”

Russell is clearly dreaming big because he also has aspirations of making Scotland’s squad for the European Championships. He was rated highly by Gordon Strachan, a man who gave him his debut in 2014, but unfortunately, he’s not been seen in the squad since late 2019.

A move to Celtic would surely enhance his chances of regaining a place in the team. If he can dislodge a player like Christie too, it would raise eyebrows.

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