'I’m feeling confident' - Ryan Christie makes bold claim about return to Celtic
By James Black
Ryan Christie believes his loan spell with Aberdeen has shown he can be more than just a “shirt filler” like he was at Celtic, where he has boldly claimed he can become a key player.
The on-loan midfielder has enjoyed a fantastic loan spell with the Dons – and topped it off with his first cap for Scotland last week.
Christie struggled to make an impact at Celtic Park and has spent the majority of his time as a Celtic player on loan at other clubs.
The 22-year-old has scored four times and created another seven goals for the Dons in 17 appearances this season and believes he’s now a player others can look to change games.
“I’ve felt this season and at the end of last season I can make myself a key player instead of going back to being a shirt filler,” Christie said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“I’m feeling confident that I can be the one that people look at to influence or change a game.
“It’s nice to have that confidence and I’m lucky I have it at Aberdeen.
“Everyone talks about going out on loan and getting game time but it has really helped me to be playing every week.”
Christie will have one year left on his contract when he returns to the Hoops in the summer and will be hoping to carry his impressive form at Pittodrie into what could be his final season as a Celtic player.
The midfielder originally joined the Dons on a six-month loan deal in January before returning to Pittodrie over the summer on a season-long move.
The former Inverness midfielder helped Aberdeen to a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season with the Dons currently sat in second so far this term.
Since moving to Celtic in 2015, Christie has only made 13 appearances for the Scottish champions.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in a transfer tussle with a Bundesliga club for this goal-a-game forward.