By Noel Whelan

4th Oct, 2020 | 7:00pm

Whelan Exclusive: Ryan Christie tipped to quit and move to smaller club after report

Noel Whelan believes Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie would move to Burnley given the chance despite claiming they are a smaller club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker delivered his verdict as the Clarets eye up a late window bid for the 25-year-old.

The Daily Record report that Sean Dyche is a long-term admirer of the Scottish international and almost signed him from Inverness Caledonian Thistle five years ago.

Christie moved to Parkhead instead and has become an integral member of Celtic’s squad since Neil Lennon became manager in February 2019.

Asked by Football Insider whether he would be tempted to leave the Hoops for Burnley, Whelan said: “I guess playing in the Premier League, yes.

“We know that Burnley are very well organised and Sean Dyche is a fantastic manager. He’s assembled a very strong competitive side there and is looking to bring in quality from the Scottish Premiership.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“The only plus side is playing in the Premier League. Celtic are a bigger club, Celtic are playing in Europe and Burnley are not going to get into Europe.

“It’s a tough decision, it depends on what you want out of your career. Do you want to miss the chance to play in the English Premier League and it might be your only ever chance or do you stay at Celtic and stay happy?

“We don’t know how things work, we don’t know the money Burnley are going to be offering.

“It’s a tough decision because there’s going to be pros and cons but when you’re at Celtic not many people would need to leave a club like that.”

In other Celtic news, Alex McLeish has been left wowed by a Hoops situation who he compared to a Rangers legend.