Inverness Caledonian Thistle could be set to miss out on a financial boost from Celtic if Ryan Christie is allowed to leave the club on a free transfer (Scottish Daily Mail).

The Scotland international left Inverness for Celtic back in 2015 for a fee of £500,000, which included a loan straight back to the Highlands and a future sell-on clause (Press and Journal). It looked likely that this would earn the Highland club a sizeable fee.

Christie moved from Inverness to Celtic.

Christie moved from Inverness to Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images )

Christie has been a key player for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, now starring for the Scotland National Team under Steve Clarke. But reports suggest his most recent contract extension only takes him to January 2022.

This means that Christie will be free to talk with clubs in the summer should he wish to leave Celtic upon the expiry of his deal. Inverness could still profit from the situation if the Scotland international signs a new deal and moves on at a later date or if he is sold by the Parkhead club this summer.

Inverness will play Scottish Championship football next season after a 3-0 defeat to Hearts on Saturday. Victory for Dunfermline over Arbroath means Raith Rovers, Dundee and Dunfermline will contest the promotion play-off’s this term.

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