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  • Ryan Christie earns another prize – November’s Player of the Month

    Ryan Christie earns another prize – November’s Player of the Month

    By: Joe Sullivan on 06 Dec, 2018 17:01

  • TO top off a great couple of months, Ryan Christie has won the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Month Award for November. The midfielder burst back on to the scene at the end of October by turning the tide in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hearts in the League Cup semi-final at Murrayfield, and since then he has failed to find the net in only one domestic game.

    The midfielder has carried on his scoring form into December by netting the winner in Sunday’s League Cup final win over Aberdeen and opening the scoring in Wednesday’s game against Motherwell at Fir Park before the home side equalised.

    Picking up the award today (Thursday), he said: “It’s always nice to be recognised and I’m delighted to have an award after putting in the hard work. I’ve got a lot of people I owe for it, and it’s been a great couple of months for the whole team.

    “Obviously, we were disappointed to concede the equaliser at Motherwell, but we’re still very high on confidence and that’ll allow us to kick on.

    “It’s been nice getting some regular game-time, and I’ve managed to keep myself in the starting XI. That’s always going to help a player find a bit of form, and I’ve been lucky enough to chip in with a couple of goals and assists. That’s my job as an attacking midfielder, and being in the starting XI has given me that momentum to really get my game going right now.”

    Christie, of course, spent more than a season on loan at Aberdeen and he is delighted that he now feels more established at Celtic after signing a contract extension.

    He said: “That’s one of the reasons I signed the new contract. I feel now I have a serious part to play, and I think I can help Celtic Football Club achieve success. I’m feeling at home now.

    The manager has been brilliant with me since he came in. Even when I was out on loan at Aberdeen, he made sure he pulled me in and let me know what he thought was missing in my game, what he thought I needed to work on, and what he thought going out on loan would help me with.

    “That’s all paid off now that I’m back, and I think that season-and-a-half at Aberdeen, where I was playing non-stop football for the first time in my career, was hugely beneficial. So, fair play to the manager, he’s always had that belief, and he’s always let me know that I’ve got a chance at Celtic.”

    The 23-year-old’s patience and belief has paid off and he’s now firing on all cylinders with the Hoops ahead of a crucial juncture in the season.  

    Christie added: “Over the years there have been a few frustrating times. There have been times when I had to keep my head down, keep working, keep patient, and you’re always going to get that at a club like Celtic, because we’ve got such a big squad of so many good players.

    “It’s so hard to work your way in. I’m happy now that my chance has come along. I’ve been really lucky to have people around me that have been involved in football, and I’ve had plenty of people to turn to when it got a bit frustrating.

    “I think most football players will tell you, when things aren’t going your way, you put your head down and turn it into hard work and work even harder.”

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