By Danny Mills

20th Aug, 2021 | 9:04pm

Mills: 'Massive' development may mean Christie signs new Celtic contract

The feel-good factor around Celtic could see Ryan Christie commit his long-term future to the club, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender insisted Celtic’s recent form will have a “massive” part to play as Christie weighs up his options.

The midfielder, 26, is out of contract at Parkhead in January.

The Scottish Sun reported on 8 August the Hoops have held fresh talks with Christie over a new deal.

However, he is yet to receive a formal offer to extend his six-year association with the club.

It is claimed Premier League club Burnley have a long-standing interest in signing Christie.

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Asked whether Celtic’s recent resurgence may persuade him to stay, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “If the club starts winning football matches, it’s a good place to be and you can see the club heading in the right direction, then without a doubt, it’s a massive bonus.

“There’s nothing better than being in and around a team that’s winning and has the chance to win something.

“I’ve been in at both ends of that. When you’re going into training and it’s like ‘How are we going to get a result? Another defeat at the weekend, what do we next?’ It’s tough, it’s long and it’s hard.

“But at the other end of the scale when you’re winning, you feel you can win a trophy and you feel a part of it. If I get an opportunity, I’m going into a winning team which means I’m going to be able to produce much better form.”

Christie has scored 41 goals and provided 44 assists in 148 games across all competitions for Celtic.

The Scotland international has scored once and provided three assists in six games this season.

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