On-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is hopeful that next season he can make his breakthrough at the Scottish champions.
The 23-year-old is coming to the end of an 18 month loan spell at Aberdeen, and is set to return to the Hoops in the summer after establishing himself as the king of assists while at Pittodrie, setting up 16 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions.
Christie believes that if he can put in the performances that he is capable of, then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers will have no choice but to give him a run in the first-team.
“As far as I know, I just need to report to Celtic for pre-season and we will take it from there” Christie said, as quoted by the Scotsman.
“I’m glad and I know they will be keeping an eye on me week-in, week-out, so I need to make sure I’m playing as well as I can.
“Hopefully after the summer when I go back I will have a confidence now after a full season of games, knowing that I can hopefully go in and fit into that Celtic squad.”
Christie has impressed for an Aberdeen side who are currently battling Rangers for second place in the Scottish Premiership table, scoring seven goals and creating 13 assists in 35 appearances for the Pittodrie club this season.
The Hoops hierarchy must be impressed with his performances for the Dons as the Express have reported that the club are set to discuss a new contract with the 23-year-old.
Football Insider verdict
Next season could well turn out to be a make or break one for Christie with the Hoops. After spending 18 months as a first-team regular with Aberdeen, he will want to keep playing regularly, although he will have far more competition for a first-team at Celtic Park than Pittodrie. The reports about a new contract for the player are a good sign, but we won’t know how far he has come at the club until next season. If Christie gets regular game time, he should stay with the Hoops, but if he finds himself out in the cold then the player is better off moving to pastures new.
In other Celtic news, Mark Warburton has claimed that the Hoops have been ‘average’ this season