Journalist Alan Nixon has issued an update on the future of Celtic talent Ryan Christie, who finds himself out of contract in just six months’ time. 

The 26-year-old Scotland international has been linked with a host of Premier League and Ligue 1 sides in recent months, ranging from Southampton and Burnley to Crystal Palace and OGC Nice.

Due to his contract situation, many suitors may view Christie as a potential bargain buy, given that he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-Scottish club at present.

However, Nixon took to Twitter on Sunday morning to share the latest on the state of play regarding the versatile winger.

Issuing a statement on social media, Nixon claimed that Southampton are ‘keen’ to secure a deal for the versatile Celt whilst Burnley are also ‘on the fringes’ of a deal, indicating their willingness to monitor Christie’s situation at Celtic.

Nixon also reiterated that the Celtic attacker could leave for free at the end of the year, meaning that a ‘cheap deal’ is possible by the end of the month when the transfer window comes to a close.

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Celtic face a classic stick-or-twist conundrum with regards to the winger’s situation.

He has certainly proven to be a valuable asset on the pitch, chipping in with three assists in as many Premiership games in Ange Postecoglou’s new-look Celtic side.

Will Christie be sold?

Yes

No

However, a refusal to cash in on Christie will almost guarantee that the club waives any right to a transfer fee.

With Kyogo Furuhashi capable of playing on the left, bringing in an alternative winger or a new striker could solves the sporting void left by a possible Christie exit.