Celtic attacking midfielder Ryan Christie says he has put off discussions about signing a new contract at the club. Manager Neil Lennon confirmed a few months ago that the Hoops had been planning on offering an extension to the 25-year-old but the player said that despite holding talks during lockdown, it wasn’t the right time to sign on the dotted line:
“I’ve spoken to the manager a few times up to this point. With everything going on, I didn’t think it was the right time to go into it. We hadn’t played football in so long and weren’t back playing. Obviously, now it’s a bit different but I’ve still got plenty of time on my current contract.”
Since then, though, it has been reported that the likes of Ligue One side Nice, as well as English Premier League clubs Newcastle and Burnley, have taken a keen interest in the Scotland international.
Nice, in particular, are said to be seriously contemplating an offer for Christie when the transfer window reopens in January after scouts watched the player in action in recent weeks.
The French team are said to be weighing up a £10m bid, although they are reportedly hopeful of getting him for less than that. We shall have to wait and see if an approach is made in the New Year.