Gary Mackay-Steven has advised his former Celtic team-mate Ryan Christie to not let his head drop if he can’t get into the Hoops first-team.
Both players are currently at Aberdeen, with attacker Christie set to return to Glasgow at the end of the season, and Mackay-Steven has told Christie to always keep his head up and impress in training to catch the eye of Brendan Rodgers.
“I don’t need to tell Ryan anything. It’s literally just go back and perform as best you can. Work as hard as you can every session and never have any self-doubt,” Mackay-Steven said, as quoted by the Press and Journal.
“Ryan has shown he has great ability and, if you always have confidence in that and you play freely, you know that it will come out.
“You don’t think like you are going back and you are not going to play, you think positively all the time. Every time you get a chance to impress, then impress.”
Mackay-Steven found himself in a similar situation to Christie but decided to leave the Hoops in the summer to join Aberdeen after being unable to hold down a first-team spot.
Christie has found it difficult to break into the Bhoys first-team since joining from Inverness in 2015. He has only spent one full year at the club and in that time has made only 10 appearances for the Hoops, scoring two goals in that time.
He has revitalised his career in Aberdeen, scoring five goals so far this season as the Dons battle Rangers for second place in the Scottish Premiership.
With the Hoops having possibly having Champions League qualifiers as early as July, Christie may well have a chance to impress Brendan Rodgers in some big matches when he makes his return to Glasgow.
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