It is safe to say that Ryan Christie had made a brilliant start to the season for Celtic following the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as manager and it was a massive blow for the team when he ended up joining Bournemouth on the summer transfer deadline day. The Hoops have not looked quite the same following his departure.
As a result, many have questioned whether it was the right decision to let Christie leave. Yes, he was in the last few months of his contract but with the football he was playing, it might have made sense to keep him for half-a-season more at Parkhead.
We have seen Celtic have problems in midfield after Christie’s departure on transfer deadline day. The initial transfer fee that Bournemouth shelled out for the Scottish international is believed to be around £2.5 million but it appears that there are more clauses involved in the deal.
As reported by Alan Nixon in The Sun [print edition, 03.10.21, pg. 61] (via The 72), if Bournemouth are promoted to the Premier League they will have to pay Celtic £2 million more. There’s also a survival clause and if the Cherries manage to stay up in the Premier League the season after promotion, they will need to pay the Hoops again.
Major details emerge about Celtic’s Ryan Christie clause
Of course, all of this will depend on how things turn out for Bournemouth. But it is safe to say that Celtic could be in line for a potential boost in the future.
Bournemouth have certainly made a promising start to the season and sit at the top of the English Championship table after the first eleven games of the campaign.
Christie himself has looked very good ever since arriving at Bournemouth and they must be delighted with the signing they pulled off on transfer deadline day this summer.