Ryan Christie’s contract situation at Celtic is “very strange” and a sign of shambolic planning behind the scenes. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Daily Mail (via Scottish Sun) reported that Christie’s contract runs until January 2022.

That is six months earlier than widely presumed and means the 26-year-old is free to talk to clubs regarding a pre-contract move in the summer.

Celtic midfielder

This site revealed in February that Celtic plan to offer Christie a new deal to ward off interest from Premier League clubs.

If the Daily Mail’s report is correct, Parkhead chiefs would need to pin Christie down before the end of the season or risk losing him on a free.

Kenny claimed he had “never heard of that before” throughout his own career, slamming the Celtic hierarchy for their lack of forethought.

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“Wow. That is strange,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Contracts usually run until the summer, at the end of the season.

“For them to have a contract that runs out in the middle of the season in January is really unusual. I have never heard of that before in my time in football.

“He can start talking about a pre-contract move. That could lose them money.

“It’s not a good sign. Very, very strange.”

Christie, an 18-time Scotland international, has been a Celtic player since 2015.

He has made 139 appearances for the Hoops in total, 43 of those in the disastrous 2020-21 campaign.

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