Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie out to impress


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Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie says he will do all he can to impress Brendan Rodgers during pre-season.

The Scotland international is away with the national team ahead of games against Peru and Mexico but he is already looking ahead to the start of next season.

The 23-year-old has spent the last 18 months on loan at Aberdeen and he has made just 13 appearances for Celtic since joining in September 2015.

Christie helped Aberdeen finished second in the Scottish Premiership last season and the Dons had been hoping to loan him for another season.

However, Celtic have recalled him ahead of pre-season and Christie is out to impress coach Brendan Rodgers.

He told the Daily Record: “We had a great campaign at Aberdeen, finishing second in the league once again. My Scotland call-up is perhaps a reflection and reward for that.

“I really want to kick on, I want to start pre-season on a high. I want to show I am good enough to play there.

“I haven’t spoken to the Brendan Rodgers since the end of the season when he told me to enjoy this trip, come back from pre-season and then we’d take things from there.

“I need to hit the ground running, I know that. You can always worry about losing your sharpness. I always enjoy pre-season and I know how important this one is for me.

“I need to have a good pre-season but I have every confidence I can come in and be a success at Celtic. I know I can fit into the manager’s plans and really kick start my Celtic career.”

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