McLeish Exclusive: Celtic 25-yr-old tipped to quit amid reported PL club bid
Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie will want to test himself in the Premier League, according to Alex McLeish.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland boss delivered his verdict as it was reported Burnley are preparing a bid for the 25-year-old.
The Daily Record claimed last week that Clarets boss Sean Dyche is a long-term admirer of Christie and almost signed him while he was at Inverness Caledonian Thistle five years ago.
Christie made the switch to Parkhead instead and has developed into a key player under manager Neil Lennon.
He has two years left on his contract with the Hoops and the two parties are in negotiations to extend that.
Asked by Football Insider whether Christie would be tempted to stay in Glasgow to help win Celtic a historic tenth consecutive title, McLeish said: “Sometimes, you wait on something and it doesn’t happen so there’s that side of the argument.
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“When the Premier League comes calling it’s very hard to resist.
“If the club accepted a fee, it’s absolutely a certainty that you’re going to go.
“OK, it’s another title, it’s 10-in-a-row, it’s part of history but I would still feel that the player got a dream move, not a bigger club but bigger security for his future and also playing in the strongest league in the world, they want that challenge for themselves.”
Christie has featured in all of Celtic’s 12 games this season and has scored three times and provided seven assists.
This is the third season that the Scottish international has been a regular for the Bhoys after spending 18 months on loan at Aberdeen.