Sunderland boss Jack Ross has showered praise on Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie and admitted that he wants to lure him to the Stadium of Light.
Christie has earlier been linked with a move to Sunderland in recent week with speculations saying the Black Cats are reportedly looking to sign the Celtic star on loan with a view to make his move permanent at the end of the season.
The Black Cats boss has admitted that he admires player of his Christie’s qualities. The midfielder is a left-footed player and Ross admits that Sunderland do not have a lot of them in the squad in forward areas.
Ross said, as quoted by The Scottish Sun:
“Ryan is a player that I like, he has good qualities but again it is a balance between what we need in the squad.
“He is a left footer and we don’t have a lot of them in the squad in forward areas. He is a player that I am acutely aware of and he fits the kind of bracket in terms of he has played a lot of games for a young man.
“At the moment we are where we are and I don’t envisage anything changing quickly.”
As reported by the Scottish Sun earlier this week, the tabloid claim that Celtic will listen to offers for the midfielder as they are looking to offload him in the summer transfer window.
Christie joined the Hoops in 2015 but the midfielder has failed to make an impact, only managing 10 league appearances till date. He spent last season on loan at Aberdeen and it seems another loan move is on the cards.
The Scotland international is out of contract next summer and won’t be offered a new deal. He is surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers, and the club want to recoup as much of their outlay on Christie as they can.