By David Woods

22nd Mar, 2018 | 8:02am

Talks ongoing: Rodgers wants midfielder ripping up top flight at Celtic in 18/19 - report

Ryan Christie is set to be given a chance to prove he can cut it at Parkhead after a successful year-long loan, as Celtic open talks over a contract extension, according to a report.

The Express reports that Rodgers has been impressed with what he’s seen from the 23-year-old, and wants him to push for a place in his side next season.

The attacking midfielder has made 35 appearances for Aberdeen this season, scoring seven goals and adding 13 assists, and his form earned him his first Scottish cap against the Netherlands.

He has also been included in the squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.

His contract is up in the summer of 2019 and Rodgers has now offered him a 12-month extension to keep him locked up until 2020, and wants him to push for his place in the Celtic first team next season.

Rodgers is aware that Aberdeen want him in the summer on a permanent deal and it is also claimed that there is strong interest from English clubs too.

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Football Insider verdict:

Rodgers has obviously seen something he likes in Christie, who has only made 12 appearances for Celtic since he joined in 2015. He knows there is interest in him and must think he can play a part in Celtic’s future. However, either way a 12-month contract extension will make him that much more valuable if he does decide he is surplus to requirements.  

In other Celtic news, it has been revealed today that the Scottish champions have launched a bid to sign the a brilliant English Championship player who is out of contract this summer.

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