Tottenham Hotspur and Everton should be vying to sign Celtic winger Ryan Christie, according to The Celtic Way reporter Anthony Haggerty.
Christie’s contract is set to expire in January and, while Scottish Premiership title hopefuls Celtic are keen to negotiate a new long-term deal, it is appearing likely the 26-year-old’s Parkhead days are numbered.
Premier League outfit Southampton have been hoping to take advantage of Christie’s precarious situation by either plucking him from Celtic for free in January or paying a cut-price fee before the transfer window slams shut next week.
Christie could sign a pre-contract agreement that would allow him to make a move in January for free, with long-term admirers Burnley, Italian side Sampdoria and French duo Marseille and Nice also keeping tabs on the Scotland international.
The winger has started the new season in stunning form, scoring in the Bhoys’ Europa League win over Jablonec and registering a hat-trick of assists in the 6-0 Scottish Premiership rout of Dundee.
Haggerty believes Christie would be an asset in Spurs or Everton’s squad.
He told Football FanCast: “I think if he’s going to go down south, he is better than Southampton. I’m not saying he is ready for a top-four club but just under that bracket of teams – like Tottenham or Everton.
“Personally, I think he is that good. While he might not go straight into those teams, I think he could make an impact going forward.”