Sutton keen for Celtic ace to stay

24 July 2021 21:57:42 GMTPlus10

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes the Scottish Premiership club must do whatever it takes to hold on to Ryan Christie.

The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move away from Celtic, who are 2.75 to win the league title this season with champions Rangers 1.44 to retain their crown.

Christie played the full 90 minutes in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland, who battled back to claim a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park after new signing Liel Abada had given the home side a first-half lead.

Despite speculation linking the Scotland international with a move away from Glasgow, with Serie A side Sampdoria among the clubs interested, Christie put in an excellent performance in midweek and Sutton believes he could play a "vital part" in the club's new era under Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic should be going to him (Christie) with a contract offer right now that he simply can't turn down.

Chris Sutton

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Celtic's hopes of winning a 10th straight title were dashed by Steven Gerrard's Rangers last season and they endured a first trophyless campaign since 2009-10 before appointing former Australia national team coach Postecoglou.

Writing about Christie's future in his column for the Daily Record, Sutton said: "Watching him against Midtjylland in midweek I saw a player with total commitment to the club and the ability to play a vital part in the future. Celtic should be going to him with a contract offer right now that he simply can't turn down.

"Christie is an international player who can cover a variety of positions, he scores goals, he creates them and he plays with a high intensity. Forgive me if I'm wrong but that sounds like a perfect player for Ange Postecoglou."

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