Celtic’s midfield has been short on numbers leading many – including writers on our site to question the wisdom of selling Ryan Christie instead of keeping him for six more months.

Yes, the player wanted to move on, but what’s six months and what’s a small fee to keep a major player at the club and allow the new manager more options until they can properly bring in more reinforcements on January.

Well, we think we’ve got to the bottom of why Ryan left in the summer and it’s not so much to do with the upfront transfer fee than it is what else could come.

According to MSN who have quoted Sun writer Alan Nixon; Celtic will be entitled to a further £2m from Bournemouth should they gain promotion to the Premier League. Over and above that, the Bhoys will gain another cash bonus if the club stay in the EPL the season after.

It’s not a done deal or money the club can bank on, but the structure of the deal does make sense for all parties.

Ryan blew hot and cold with Celtic but it’s a shame he left when he did. The midfielder started the season well with the Parkhead club and seemed to enjoy playing under Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic fans will be hoping Bournemouth can get to the EPL this season now.


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