Frank McAvennie insists Ryan Christie is too light to succeed in the Premier League amid fresh links with a Celtic exit. 

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the attacker became a laughing stock during a poor 2020/21 campaign.

On 29th May, The Scottish Sun claimed Southampton are considering launching a cut-price bid for the Scotland international during the upcoming window.

Christie, 26, is out of contract at the end of 2021 and Celtic risk losing him on a free.

Last season, he scored four goals and picked up 10 assists as the Hoops finished 25 points behind Rangers.

When asked if Christie could succeed in the Premier League, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “I don’t think so.

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“He’s a wonderful talent but I think he’s too light for the Premier League. If you touch him, he goes down. 

“He’s a big lad, he needs to stay on his feet. It looks like he just wants to win free kicks. 

“There’s no doubting his ability or his talent. But he’s stopped doing the little things. 

“He’s stopped chasing the ball, he looked so eager at the start of his career. Now he doesn’t look bothered.

“He’s lost his hunger, his appetite. That said, he was playing out of position last season. 

“He became a bit of a laughing stock, he was just picking the ball up and shooting but he deserved some slack. 

“It will take a big job for the boy to make it in the Premier League.”

Christie could link up with former Hoops loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi if he moves to the south coast.

The Saints lost 10 of their last 16 games of the recently concluded Premier League season.

In other news, Celtic have moved to sign next Fraser Forster as talks underway, claims pundit.