Celtic superstar Ryan Christie has been a talisman for both club and country this year. After playing a huge role on the international stage during Scotland’s Euro qualification campaign, the midfielder has risen into the spotlight at a domestic level too.
Christie has attracted a lot of attention from the Premier League and could be subject to potential offers from the likes of Leeds and Newcastle, according to 90min.
Whilst the sale of the £7,700 per week playmaker would bring in a handsome profit, Peter Lawwell should undoubtedly prefer to have the player at Parkhead, rather than getting a big cheque for him.
Christie is a driving force in Neil Lennon’s side and he has adapted to playing out on the wing during the club’s hour of need. As it stands, the Hoops do not have a single recognised right-winger available, but this has rarely been a problem. The 25-year-old has slotted nicely into the wide position and has contributed four goals and ten assists so far this season, as per Transfermarkt.
His ability in front of goal and his creative play in the middle of the park have been huge assets for the Bhoys. Despite the fact Lennon could miss out on lifting the Premiership title this campaign, a strong January transfer window plus his ‘quadruple treble’ achievement on Sunday could buy him more time as the manager of the club.
Celtic already run the risk of losing star striker Odsonne Edouard after several clubs have shown interest in his services. Arsenal in particular are reportedly looking to bring him to the Emirates as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
But between Edouard and Christie, the latter could be the biggest miss to Celtic if they were to let him go. Indeed, others have also lauded his value to the Glasgow outfit, with Billy Dodds describing his performance in the Scottish Cup final as “majestic” on BBC Sport Scotland.
Lawwell must do all he can to make sure Christie stays at Celtic as they look ahead to defending their title in the second half of the campaign.