By Danny Mills

28th Jun, 2021 | 4:10pm

Mills stunned by 'bizarre' Christie situation after latest Celtic update

Danny Mills has admitted Ryan Christie is in a “bizarre” situation with his Celtic contract set to expire in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender delivered his verdict after it was reported two French clubs were interested in signing the midfielder.

The Sunday Post reported, via the Daily Record, on 20 June that Nice and Monaco are both keen on taking Christie to Ligue 1.

It is said the 26-year-old is also willing to swap Glasgow for France.

His contract expires in January after he penned an extension that runs until January 2022 in November 2018.

The Scotland international is, therefore, free to sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club this summer but Celtic may also want to cash in while they can.

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“I just find it so bizarre that his contract is up in January,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I don’t know who has done this deal and who it benefits.

“It’s a really strange one. Normally it’s mandatory that contracts run from the 1st of July until the 30th of June.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out because it’s an unusual time to be out of contract.

“It’s one of those that we’ve never seen before. If he’s playing well it might be great for him but a lot of teams don’t have money in the January transfer window.”

Christie scored seven times and provided 15 assists in 46 games across all competitions for Celtic last season.

He was part of the Scotland squad that crashed out of the European Championship at the group stage this summer.

In other news, Celtic can solve their “biggest problem” with a seven-figure signing after a reported update.