On-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has thrown down the gauntlet over his future and believes that he will be able to have an impact for the Hoops next season.
The 23-year-old has spend the last 18 months with Aberdeen, and is set to talks with Brendan Rodgers when the Hoops return to pre-season training, with their new campaign kicking off early as a result of the Champions League qualifying matches.
After being away from the Scottish champions for so long, Christie knows that next season will be pivotal if he is to have any chance of making a breakthrough for the Bhoys.
“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” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I haven’t spoken to 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 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.”
Football Insider verdict
It really is make or break for Christie at Celtic next season. After playing regularly for Aberdeen in the last 18 months, he will want to do the same for Celtic, but the chances of that happening seem slim. It is one thing being a regular for the Dons, but another thing entirely being a regular for the Bhoys. If Chrisite is unable to make the breakthrough the best thing for him would be to find a new club on a permanent deal. There is no point in him signing another loan deal, as it would just leave back at square one in a year’s time. There is no doubt that he is a very talented player, but the Hoops have plenty of talented attacking talent, and there is no guarantee he would be anything other than just a bit-part player for the Bhoys. This summer is set to be the biggest of the player’s career, as he tries to make an impact with the Scottish champions.
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