By Alan Hutton

30th Sep, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Nightmare' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as big-money bid reported for Celtic 25-yr-old

Losing Ryan Christie to Burnley before the transfer deadline would be a “nightmare” for Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland defender insists that the 25-year-old is one of the Hoops’ top players and he would be a “massive loss” were he to leave.

The Daily Record report that Burnley are long-term admirers of the attacking midfielder and are set to launch a big-money bid to try and prise him away from Parkhead.

Christie has played 11 times across all competitions for Celtic this season already, with three goals and six assists under his belt.

Hutton has lauded the playmaker for his form so far and insists he would be a huge miss for Neil Lennon were he to leave.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It would be a massive loss but I don’t think they’d want to be losing a player of that calibre. He’s probably one of the first names of the teamsheet at the minute.

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“Everything kind of goes through him, he makes Celtic tick, he scores goals, he assists, just a top player at the moment. To be going for the title and 10-in-a-row, it’s the last thing you want to be losing a player of that standard.

“We were all talking about Edouard leaving at the start and how disastrous that would be – now to be talking about Christie is another nightmare. I can imagine Celtic trying to bat that away as much as possible to try and keep him.”

Christie joined Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle back in 2015 and has gone on to play 105 times and score 35 goals for the club.

He also has 57 appearances for Aberdeen under his belt after loan spells at Pittodrie.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been dealt a “big blow” after official update and will have “one eye on Rangers”.