Christie tak­ing noth­ing for granted

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL - GRAEME McGARRY

AT the age of 25, and hav­ing over­come the in­jury prob­lems that ham­pered his at­tempts to es­tab­lish him­self at Celtic, Ryan Christie could have been for­given for think­ing he had fi­nally come of age at the club dur­ing the last cam­paign.

De­spite the fierce bat­tle for places in the at­tack­ing roles in be­hind the strik­ers, Christie clocked up 43 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions for Neil Len­non’s side last term, hit­ting 19 goals in the process. A feat all the more im­pres­sive when you con­sider he went into the sea­son off the back of a lengthy spell out af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous fa­cial in­jury against Aberdeen last April.

Per­haps it is in know­ing those darker times that Christie is able to keep his own feet on the ground when things are go­ing so well for him, and could ex­plain why he isn’t rest­ing on his lau­rels dur­ing Celtic’s pre-sea­son train­ing camp in Lough­bor­ough this week.

Christie, in fact, feels far from se­cure as a def­i­nite starter in the eyes of his man­ager when the new sea­son kicks off, and the fear of drop­ping out of the Celtic team is no bad thing in his book.

“I need to keep work­ing hard in train­ing so that, hope­fully, come the first game of the sea­son I’m in the start­ing eleven,” Christie told the Celtic web­site. “To do that, I also need to stay in­jury-free which comes back to look­ing af­ter my­self through­out pre-sea­son.

“We have so many amaz­ing back­room staff to help us and give us that ex­tra one per cent. When you have peo­ple do­ing all that for you, it makes it so much eas­ier to look af­ter your­self off the park. I love the start of the sea­son for the pure buzz of get­ting back in about it. It’ll be even bet­ter when the games come back around af­ter such a long break and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Celtic’s Ryan Christie

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