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  • Christie: Taste for trophies drives hard work at training camp

    Christie: Taste for trophies drives hard work at training camp

    By: Joe Donnelly on 08 Jan, 2019 09:01

  • CELTIC have already secured this season’s League Cup trophy, beating Aberdeen 1-0 at Hampden last month. Ryan Christie scored the winning goal that day, and speaking from the Hoops’ winter training camp in Dubai, the 23-year-old reckons a cup win so early in the campaign has given the squad a taste for silverware.

    The attacking midfielder also acknowledged the benefit of recharging the batteries after a busy month, and said relaxing with family has let the players return with enthusiasm and an energy to push for further success in 2019.

    "The break was nice, but it’s only after so long that you want to get back in training, get back in with the boys and get back to full fitness," Christie told the official Celtic website. "The facilities we’ve got at the training camp are amazing, and it’s been brilliant so far.

    "After the disappointment on the 29th, we took a second to recap and realised – we’re in the last 32 of a European competition, we’ve won a cup, we’re top of the league and with a game in hand.

    "We’re still in a very good position, but there’s obviously plenty of work to do coming up. We want to make this a really good season, and we need to keep working hard to achieve that."

    Christie stressed the importance of using the Dubai training camp to work hard, and return to Glasgow in peak physical fitness. Brendan Rodgers' men return to action on January 19, when they face Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup at Paradise, before then playing a further five games in two weeks.

    The manager will use the training camp to reinforce and introduce new tactical elements to the squad’s game, said Christie, which will now include the input of new Bhoy Oliver Burke.  

    "There’s a bit more of everything at the winter training camp," added Christie. "At Lennoxtown in December, it was a case of maintaining things. There wasn’t always the time to have full training sessions when you factor in games and recovery time, whereas out here, we need to be back to top fitness. The gaffer also wants to enforce all the tactical elements he wants us to work on, and to get us up to speed tactically for the rest of the season.     

    "Ollie did his first session with us yesterday. I’d never met him before, but I think a few of the boys had played at Scotland Under-21s with him. He was showing his quality already, he’s got the ability to become a fantastic player, and I’m sure the move here will only improve him. You can see the way that he runs, he’s positive on the ball and I’ve no doubt he’ll settle in well with the squad."

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