By Alex McLeish

17th Aug, 2021 | 3:00pm

McLeish suggests Christie may pull Celtic U-turn as crunch talks reported

Alex McLeish has suggested Ryan Christie may be having second thoughts about leaving Celtic this summer.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the winger may be feeling happy at Parkhead again under Ange Postecoglou and could pull a transfer U-turn.

Christie missed Celtic’s 3-2 League Cup victory over Hearts on Sunday (August 15th) after starring in the Hoops’ earlier fixtures.

However, Postecoglou confirmed to Celtic TV it was injury, rather than a potential transfer, that kept him out.

Christie’s contract at Celtic is set to expire in January.

The Scottish Sun reported (August 8th) preliminary talks have taken place between the parties ahead of a formal offer.

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The newspaper cites Burnley, Crystal Palace and Nice as potential suitors for the winger.

McLeish believes that the arrival of Postecoglou has had a positive impact on Christie.

He told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “You can look at anybody and say what’s going on in that guy’s head?

Over the years, when you’ve had worries, you’d try and hide them from people, you’re worried about your game.

There could have been one or two things going through Ryan Christie’s head over the last few months about leaving Celtic.

“He might have been saying: ‘Well, what if I don’t get as big a club at Celtic?’

He could have been thinking about the new manager coming in, and not taking to him as a player.

“However, his confidence seems to have returned under Postecoglou. He still isn’t back to the top of his game just yet.

“He’s got that creativity that has brought so much to Celtic over the past few years.”

The 26-year-old silenced his critics with a three-assist haul against Dundee last time out in the Scottish Premiership.

Postecoglou is yet to confirm whether the 20-cap Scot will be fit to take part in Celtic’s crucial clash with AZ Alkmaar in Europa League qualifying tomorrow (August 18th).

In other news, this pundit has made a bold claim regarding further signings at Parkhead.