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The Championship's top goalscoring midfielder on Celtic's radar

Newly capped Scotland international on Celtic's Christmas list.

Derby County’s in-form midfield man is on the radar of Scottish Premier League Champions Celtic. The Bhoys have turned their attention to the newly capped Scotland International as they look to enforce their dominance Scotland even more than it is at current.

Craig Bryson has recently hit the form of his life and the past 2 months have been incredibly kind to the Rutherglen born man. The first game in September against Millwall where he bagged his first career hat-trick set him up for the remarkable run of games where he has been one of the best, if not the best player in the division. He has claimed 6 goals and 9 assists already this season, claiming 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 3 games. 

Celtic who have recently beat Dutch champions in a highly impressive 2-1 victory have started looking for new blood in January already and with a speculated 750k buy-out clause in his contract he will get many suitors in the January transfer window, no question. 

What Celtic Can Expect of Craig Bryson

The small in stature midfielder isn’t a huge physical presence on the pitch but lets his feet and intelligence on and off the ball do the work. He has an incredible long-range shot on him when he gets a bit of time on the box but will not waste chances if he doesn’t fancy himself.

He is a box to box midfielder, neither out and out attacking or overly defensive he will always make himself an option and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Perhaps one of the hardest working players in the Championship and seems to cover more ground than anyone else on the pitch in any given match day situation, he empitomises consistency and hard work.

He is an integral part of Derby, with the other two central midfield players Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick and they will not want to lose him easily. The speculation about a 750k buy-out clause just seems wild speculation and something I doubt very much. Sam Rush, Derby County’s chief executive made the point that ‘KEY’ player Craig Bryson signing a new 3 year contract was one of their key bits of business in the summer. He also re-iterated the difference between Bryson and Brayford in the contractual talks as Bryson was keen to get signed on the dotted line straight away.

If it is true then I guess the Derby board will be under a lot of scrutiny for letting a top player goal for a relatively small fee, with Celtic signing Commons for as little as 300k still burnt into the minds of many Rams fans.

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