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Southampton join race for Celtic’s Ryan Christie



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Southampton want to snap up Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie before the end of the European Championships, according to The Sun.

The Scotland international helped fire his country to the summer tournament, and his ability to find the back of the net is said to have caught Saints’ attention.

Christie finished 2020-21 with eight goals and ten assists, and Norwich City and Burnley are also keen on him.

While playing European football at Parkhead is undoubtedly exciting, the chance to move to the glamorous Premier League could be more appealing.

The Celtic star scored 20 goals in 2019-20 and 11 in 2018-19, and Southampton hope to see him in his favoured attacking midfield role at Euro 2020.

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An impressive campaign with Scotland will most likely see other Premier League sides join them in the race for the 26-year-old, and the Hoops could struggle to hold on to their man.

Christie’s current deal expires at the end of this year, so Celtic need to cash in on him before the end of the summer transfer window or lose him as a free agent in the coming months.

With the Parkhead giants looking to reclaim the title next term, losing such a key player could be a huge blow, and the new manager could be keen to hold on to him given the lack of transfer funds.

Christie played a massive role as Celtic won back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles, Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Having won it all in Scotland, the midfielder could be open to challenging himself in the Premier League, and the Hoops should not stand in his way if he wants out.

In other news, Celtic are eyeing a move for utility player recently released by Premier League side.