Ryan Christie's reported price-tag shows Celtic have made a mistake

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

League One high-flyers Sunderland are reportedly hoping to sign talented midfielder Ryan Christie from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

Ryan Christie poses as Celtic's new signing at Celtic Park on September 1, 2015 in Gascube, Glasgow, Scotland.

It seems that Celtic could sell Ryan Christie for exactly the same fee that they signed him for back in 2015.

According to the Scottish Sun, the midfielder has just one year left on his contract at Parkhead and has attracted the attention of League One outfit Sunderland. And, with Christie unlikely to be offered a new deal, it is claimed that his price-tag is as low as £500,000.

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Interestingly, that is exactly how much Celtic paid Inverness to sign the then 20-year-old three years ago. And, in truth, the Hoops’ failure to make any sort of a profit on the talented playmaker reeks of bad business.

After all, Christie’s reputation has sky rocketed on the back of a terrific 18 month loan spell at Aberdeen. He won The Dons’ Young Player of the Year award in 2017 and scored eight and assisted 15 more last season too.

Christie has also forced his way into the Scotland squad, making two international appearances since his debut last year.

Ryan Christie of Aberdeen FC in action during a friendly match between Aberdeen FC and Lokomotiv Tashkent FC at Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence on January 14, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab...

So Celtic’s failure to hand the 23-year-old a new contract is looking costly, quite literally, despite claims from the Express in March that they were planning to do exactly that.

If the likes of John McGinn are going for £3 million, Christie should be in the same price bracket but The Hoops’ inability to extend his deal, if only to increase his market value, should be seen as a mistake.

Now, Celtic are in a positon where they have to sell Christie on the cheap or lose him on a free. And it all seems so avoidable.

Ryan Christie is seen during a training session prior to the International Friendly match between Scotland and Costa Rica at  Orium Sports Centr on March 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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