It is very unclear whether or not Aston Villa will be a Premier League club next season after a recent halt in their impressive form, but that should not stop manager Steve Bruce from eyeing up potential transfer targets for the summer.
Celtic have reportedly offered Ryan Christie a new contract after being impressed with his form on loan at Aberdeen and Villa must look to hijack the Hoops’ talks, regardless of whether they go up this term.
The Daily Express claims that Christie, 23, is attracting attention from England and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has moved to offer him a one-year extension to his deal at Parkhead after seeing him tear up the Scottish Premiership while on loan at Aberdeen this term.
Christie has made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Dons this season, scoring seven goals and supplying 13 assists in the process.
The Scotland international would be the perfect addition at Villa Park in the summer, especially if players like Robert Snodgrass do not come back when his loan ends.
Christie can play behind the striker in a No 10 role and can also play on both wings.
The Celtic attacker has proved that he has the ability to perform at Aberdeen, who sit third in the Scottish top-flight as it stands.
Many sneer at the quality of football north of the border, but the amount of young players who have switch from Celtic to England and gone on to become big names is something that Aston Villa should look to exploit.
Christie would be one of the best players in the Championship and would be a very good addition to any newly-promoted Premier League club.
In other Aston Villa news, the Villains have agreed terms to a deal with this defender.