"Talks held" - Could this be Celtic's best signing of the season?

Updated: Aug 9

Celtic got their home league campaign off to a flyer on Sunday afternoon with an emphatic 6-0 victory over a Dundee team who did their best to compete, but were outworked and outmaneuvered all over the pitch for 90 minutes.

New signing and instant cult hero, Kyogo Furuhashi will deservedly get all the plaudits after his MOTM performance that included three goals and an insatiable desire to defend from the front. But there was another man in Hoops who put in an equally impressive performance against the Dark Blues.

Like so many under Big Ange, Ryan Christie looks like a player reborn who has absolutely bought into and reveling in the relentless, creative and attack-focused philosophy slowly being adopted by this new look Celtic team.

It's well publicised that the 26 year old's contract expires before the bells bring in the New Year in 2022, but with performances like his last two outings, grabbing a goal and three assists, he is a player that the Hoops faithful will want to stick around.

The case for Christie

These types of displays from the former Inverness man will not come as a surprise to many Celtic fans who have enjoyed his contributions in both the goal and assist columns since he returned from his loan spells at Aberdeen in 2018.

And as Ange Postecoglou moulds his new team into industrious, creative and prolific footballers he doesn't need to look any further than Ryan Christie for a man who can effortlessly deliver on this vision.

Sun Sport reported yesterday that Celtic have entered into discussions with Christie about a new deal, although it's understood that nothing concrete has been presented to the Scottish international yet.

It remains to be seen if Celtic can offer a deal compelling enough for him to remain in the East end of Glasgow as both Premier League outfits Burnley and Crystal Palace, as well as Ligue 1 side Nice are rumoured to be interested in obtaining his services.

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I'm sure Christie had ambitions to undertake a new challenge, resulting in the current situation where he is now free to speak with other clubs but will the allure of Celtic's exciting new project under Postecoglou, where Christie seems to be primed for an important role, be enough to see him extend his time at Paradise? Only time will tell...

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