Sunderland are hopeful of adding Celtic winger Ryan Christie to their side before next week’s loan deadline.
The 23-year old is out of favour at Parkhead and they’re now prepared to let him leave, if a fee can be agreed. Any move would need to be a loan with a view to buy, but with his contract expiring in the summer, Brendan Rogers wants to recoup some of the £500,000 they paid Inverness for him a couple of years ago.
The report emerged in the Scottish Sun, and with Ross knowing the player well from his time at St Mirren, it seems to be something of interest to both parties.
Christie has struggled to break into the first team in Glasgow, but enjoyed loan spells with both Inverness and Aberdeen. He impressed for the Dons, and even earned senior international honours for Scotland, but still looks unlikely to be offered first team chances at Parkhead.
Sunderland are currently amongst the early pace-setters in League One, having won two and drawn one of their opening fixtures.
This would be a big positive for Ross, he’s made some sound signings this summer and 23-year old Christie is one who could really help push them up the table.
Along with players like Max Power and Lynden Gooch, they have a youthful feel to their attack and that will serve them well as the season drags on.