Celtic are set to pick up a token fee of just £1m if Ryan Christie joins Bournemouth today.
If true it is a case of horrendous squad management with the midfielder signing a deal in November 2018 that ran until January 2022.
Allowing a 26-year-old current internationalist to get into the final year of his contract was always going to prove costly, according to the Daily Record the full cost will be realised at some stage today.
Record Sport understands the Championship men are poised to snap up the Celt – who is in the last six months of his contract at Parkhead – for around £1m, despite Premier League Burnley believed to have come in with a bigger offer.
Christie has been sold on the south coast club by boss Scott Parker after contract extension talks with Celts failed to get off the ground and the 26-year-old admitted he wanted to test himself in England.
Collecting between £13.5-17.5m for Kris Ajer in the current market is decent business as is the reported £15m that Crystal Palace will pay for Odsonne Edouard.
The Record report claims that Christie wanted to test himself in England, if he sees a Championship side as a good move Celtic really should have picked up on that when they first started contract talks.
The midfielder has divided opinion among Celtic supporters over the last year but he has made nine appearances under Ange Postecoglou including starting the matches away at Alkmaar and Ibrox.
Benfica winger Jota appears to be joining Celtic on loan today, it could be a massive success but Christie was a player that Postecoglou trusted with just a token fee coming in to compensate for his loss.
In 2019 Dedryck Boyata left Celtic as a free agent a year after playing in the Belgium side that reached the semi-final of the World Cup.
Last month Olivier Ntcham agreed a deal to leave Celtic with a year left to run on his contract.