Alan Hutton believes Ryan Christie could snub the chance to leave Celtic for the Premier League until next summer.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he does not think any of the current squad at Parkhead will want to leave as they chase 10 league titles in a row.
The Daily Record report that Premier League side Burnley are set to firm up their long-standing interest with a bid ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Celtic have seen a number of players leave Parkhead for the English top-flight over the last couple of seasons, including Scotland international Stuart Armstrong.
Hutton admits Christie reminds him of the current Southampton star but suggests it could be a year before the Celtic man follows in his footsteps.
Asked if he thought Christie could flourish in England, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think so, him and Armstrong kind of remind me of each other, if that makes sense, the same kind of attributes.
“They’re both quite silky on the ball, they can score a goal, they can make an assist – they’re an all-round good player. I definitely think he’s got the ability to go down south, yeah, 100 per cent. He’s technically gifted so I don’t see that being a problem. I think he’d go down and play at a high level.
“It’s where he sees his future, if I’m honest I think he would want to stay this year to try and get a 10-in-a-row, I think most of the players would want to stay and be involved in that.
“It’s such a big opportunity to write your name in the history books. I don’t see why you’d want to walk away from that at the moment.
“Possibly next season, see what the outcome is and then take it from there, I think that might be a better option for himself and for Celtic. He will want his name in the history books – it’s such a massive achievement.”
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have tabled an offer for a £25million star, £5million fee/wages will seal deal.