Uk news Ryan Christie eyes challenge away from Celtic but Neil Lennon wants him to stay MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Hoops boss is adamant Christie still has plenty to prove at Parkhead as talks continue over an extension to his current deal.
Breaking News ! Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted Scotland hero Ryan Christie wants a different challenge but insists he isn’t itching for a move away from Celtic. And the Hoops boss is adamant Christie still has plenty to prove at Parkhead as talks continue over an extension to his current deal. Christie’s contract is up at the end of next season and the 25-year-old said before the international break that he was relaxed about his Celtic situation. He then boosted his reputation further with the goal against Serbia in the Euro 2020 play-off final that helped take Scotland to their first major finals in 23 years. Celtic FC news Lennon fumes at 'lazy' Celtic flops Ajeti and his Celtic body language Lennon on Rangers' covid bans McCoist's Edouard poser sparks debate The strike in Belgrade took 14-cap Christie’s tally for his country to four this season - just one short of his haul for the champions this season. Celtic are keen to get him to commit his long term future but Inverness boss John Robertson told how the player fancies a crack abroad following conversations with Christie’s dad Charlie. And Lennon said: “Ryan has also said he would like a different challenge at some stage in his career. Talks are ongoing between the club and his representatives. “Currently, I think he still has a lot to do and prove here at Celtic and to be fair to him he’s worked really hard the last few games. Read More Related Articles Neil Lennon fillets 'soft' Celtic as he delivers another ominous Scott Brown warning “There’s been no agitation or dropping off in his intensity level. He’s just like the rest, a little bit inconsistent at times but we understand that.
.” Christie’s emotional post-match interview in Serbia went viral and Lennon was delighted for both his player and his adopted homeland in ending their wait to play on the big stage. The Irishman said: “Ryan’s interview was absolutely brilliant and it shows how much it means to him. I am sure a lot of people out there watching it could relate to it.
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“It’s been a long, long time and football is the main sport in this country. It has given more credibility to the game here and it’s great incentive for the players at the end of the season, something to really look forward to. “It’s been a long time of being the bridesmaid and they have broken the camel’s back and it’s great for them psychologically.” With four Hoops stars included in Steve Clarke’s squad - Callum McGregor, Leigh Griffiths and Greg Taylor joined Christie - for the historic occasion, Lennon could reap the benefits as players fight for a place at Euro 2020. But Lennon insists they should be motivated enough with so much at stake at club level this season. He said: “There will be a huge motivation for him but ultimately my job is to manage Celtic and I want to have a huge motivation playing for us as well, which they have shown consistently over the years. “They have got a lot to look forward to, from domestic football and the international team, which is great, they have earned it and now they have got to build on it.”
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