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  • Christie: Glasgow will be green and white for season finale

    Christie: Glasgow will be green and white for season finale

    By: Tony Connelly on 15 May, 2019 14:48

  • RYAN Christie may have missed out on helping Celtic wrap up the league title during the final stages of the campaign, but the Hoops midfielder summed up his season as ‘very positive’ and added he was eagerly anticipating Trophy Day at Paradise this weekend.

    Christie has been out injured after sustaining multiple facial fractures during Celtic’s 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen last month and will not be back in time for the remaining two fixtures.

    But he recently returned to training alongside his team-mates and revealed he was now working his way back to fitness

    “I’m over the worst of it now,” he said. “It’s nice to be back here and seeing all the boys again. It’s a little bit frustrating that the season is finished now for me, so unfortunately I’ll have to wait until after the summer to play again.

    “Right now I’m looking to go back into full training for the first day of pre-season and take it from there. I should be on target for that and if I can make that, I’ll be happy.”

    The 24-year-old midfielder looked on from the sidelines as his team-mates clinched Celtic’s eighth successive league title with a 3-0 win at Pittodrie two weekends ago. Christie has been instrumental to the Hoops’ silverware success this season, scoring the winning goal in the League Cup final, and he admitted he achieved more than he initially thought possible at the onset. 

    “Even though I’m missing out on the end of the season, I’ll look back on the whole season very positively,” he said. “At the start of the season I was struggling to believe that I could push into the team.

    "To be at the other end of the season now and look back and see the impact I've made has been brilliant. It’s what I wanted when I signed. It pushes me on now for next season and makes me excited.

    “I’ve been buzzing watching the boys from the sidelines. They’ve been magnificent in wrapping the league up and are now going into a huge cup final to end it all. It’s frustrating to miss games, but I still feel part of it and I’ll be supporting the boys.

    “Everyone wants to play in these big games, especially cup finals and big games in the league. I was lucky enough to play in the last cup final and I enjoyed that, so it certainly feels like I’ve had my part to play this season.”

    Christie will look on from the stand this Sunday when the Hoops face Hearts in the final league game before being presented with the Premiership trophy. Despite the ups and downs of the season, Christie said the team and fans can enjoy a positive end to the campaign.

    “When you look at it now, we’re going into the last two games of the season with a Trophy Day and a cup final,” he said. “No one else has that, so I think at the weekend Glasgow will definitely be green and white.

    "It’ll be brilliant for me and all the boys. My family are all coming down and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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