Celtic’s Ryan Christie says it was incredible to be part of a squad that celebrated a ‘treble-Treble’, but the slate is now wiped clean ahead of the new season.
The Hoops won the treble of the Scottish Premiership, League Cup and FA Cup for the third season in a row in 2018-19 and are already back in pre-season training for the new campaign. That starts early next month with the first qualifying round of the Champions League and Christie, who missed the latter half of last season with a facial injury, is happy to be back.
He played half of Celtic’s pre-season game against Austrian side SC Pinkafeld on Wednesday, the Hoops winning 6-1 and, delighted to be back on the field, Christie is targeting more silverware in the season ahead. He told the club’s official website: “The significance of the treble treble probably hasn’t set it now and I’m not sure it will.
“We didn’t get that much of a break. When you do, you tend to switch off, you don’t think about football for a little bit, and that lets you come back more focused than ever. “At pre-season training, we wipe the board clean and we go again. It’s an even playing field now, and we need to prove we can win trophies once more.”
Celtic play FK Sarajevo over two legs in the first qualifying round of the Champions League, the first leg on July 9 and, if they get through, will play the second qualifying round in late July before getting the domestic season underway with a home game against St Johnstone on August 3.
Celtic are at 1.33 to win the Scottish Premiership for the ninth successive year with Rangers 3.20 and Aberdeen 21.00.