By Noel Whelan

7th Aug, 2021 | 12:00pm

Celtic face nervy wait over Christie contract after Athletic reveal - Whelan

Noel Whelan has suggested Ryan Christie could force Celtic to wait until the end of the year before deciding whether to sign a new contract.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 26-year-old could be convinced to commit if the Hoops have a good first half of the season.

As reported by the Athletic (August 2nd), Christie’s current terms expire in January but there is some faint hope he could still sign an extension.

It is said the Scotland star may be tempted to remain if Ange Postecoglou can help him buy into his tactics at Parkhead.

The Australian boss insisted he would “love to keep” the attacking midfielder on board.

Whelan insisted there could still be a chance of Christie tying himself down at Parkhead.

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However, he suggested Celtic would have to wait until later this year before knowing his plans.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It all depends on how the season unfolds.

“Right now, if anything’s going to be done contract-wise, you’ve got to be looking closer towards December time. I think club and player will want to see where the club’s going.

“The club will want to see if he’s committed, if he’s still being professional and putting in the performances.

“But there’s nothing concrete in terms of a decision yet from Christie whether he will stay or wants to go. I’m sure people are keeping their minds very open on either side whether the commitment is there from the player.

“Also, whether the player sees that the club, going through this transition period, are strengthening.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult to lay down your roots straight away without knowing what’s in the future.”

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