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Danny Mills is surprised by reports Ryan Christie’s Celtic contract is set to expire next January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender admitted it “may be a stroke of genius” as the 26-year-old will be available on a free transfer in the January window when clubs are not willing to spend big money.

The Daily Mail report, as relayed by the Daily Record, that the contract extension Christie signed in November 2018 is set to expire at the beginning of next year.

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This site revealed in February the Hoops were set to make a fresh attempt to secure the attacker on a new contract.

Asked for his assessment of Christie’s situation, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I don’t understand that.

“Normally, contracts run from the 1st of July to the 30th of June and that’s every single football contract I’ve ever seen. Unless it’s a short-term deal or a loan.

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“I didn’t think that was allowed, in all honesty.

“Teams don’t like to spend money in the January transfer window so maybe it’s a stroke of genius. If you’re playing and playing well come the January transfer window you’re the only player on a free transfer.

“But then the club may be thinking ‘If you don’t want to be here, we’re not going to play you.’

“That comes into play as well. It’s a bizarre situation. I’ve never heard of that before and I didn’t think it would be allowed.

“All Football League contracts all run 1st of July to 30th of June as standard and that’s how it’s always been.

“I’m not sure who’s done that deal whether it’s a stroke of genius or they’ve just put the wrong date in.”

In other news, there has been a big update on two landmark Celtic hires as Dermot Desmond’s stance is revealed.