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Southampton and Sheffield United in transfer chase for Celtic star



Southampton and Sheffield United are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie, according to The Sun.

Christie, who joined Celtic from Inverness, has been a key player for the Glasgow side over the last six years, making 149 appearances in total.

The creative midfielder has started this season strongly under Ange Postecoglou, scoring one goal and adding three assists in a total of seven appearances.

But Christie’s future at Parkhead looks uncertain, and with his contract up in the summer, he could soon be available for a cut-price fee.

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According to The Sun, Southampton are willing to wait for Christie, who could be available to sign on a free transfer next summer.

Sheffield United and Burnley are also keen, but are said to have the 26-year-old lower down on their shopping list this summer.

United have started life in the Championship slowly, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side losing 2-1 to Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

The Blades have picked up only one point from their opening four league games.

The Verdict

You can see why Christie is wanted by these kind of clubs as he is an excellent talent who has been superb for Celtic over the last few years.

He’s started this season in fine form and his contract situation makes him a potential bargain for whoever wishes to sign him.

I can’t see United winning the race for his signature, though, because if Christie is going to leave Celtic, then surely the Premier League would be the ideal move for him at 26.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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