Inverness Caledonian Thistle academy product Ryan Christie’s Celtic future may have the Scottish Championship club watching with interest.

The Scotland international has six months left on his contract at Celtic, who he joined from Inverness in 2015. In that six-figure deal, Inverness inserted a sell-on clause to potentially profit at a later date.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic - The William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final

Christie left Inverness in 2015. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Christie impressed in his two years in the Highland capital after coming through the club’s academy. The midfielder was sent back Inverness on loan in the same year he joined Celtic and spent a year at Premiership club Aberdeen before returning to Glasgow in 2018.

While he is not keen on signing a pre-contract with another club in order to bolster his current Celtic chances, Christie could leave the SPFL for free in the New Year.

English Premier League club Southampton are believed to be keen on signing Christie but will be happy to wait until he’s free if necessary (Sun). It would be a blow for Inverness, with Christie likely worth high seven figures in the current market. Billy Dodds’ side have won their opening three Championship matches.

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