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  • Ryan Christie: Cup final triumph was great but it's behind us now

    Ryan Christie: Cup final triumph was great but it's behind us now

    By: Joe Donnelly on 13 Dec, 2019 12:01

  • RYAN Christie said he and his team-mates thoroughly enjoyed their League Cup Glasgow derby triumph last weekend, but, following last night’s inconsequential defeat to CFR Cluj, they are now solely focused on Sunday’s league encounter with Hibernian.

    Like Scott Brown, Fraser Forster, Callum McGregor, Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic, the 24-year-old midfielder didn’t travel to Romania for Thursday’s final UEFA Europa League group-stage match, and he is now looking forward to what will be a well-contested clash at Paradise.

    For Christie, securing silverware so early the season provides a huge psychological boost, and likewise underscores the enduring and unprecedented success this Celtic side has enjoyed over the last few years.   

    “The last week has been good,” he said. “We enjoyed the achievement. It was a cup final and a derby as well, so we were delighted to win the game and get the first trophy in the bag for the season. Now, we’re really looking to kick on.  

    “Everyone talks about how early in the season the League Cup final comes around. When you go and win it, it’s a good confidence boost getting silverware so early in the season. You then want to go out and achieve more, because you’ve got the taste for it.

    “For all the new boys who came in in the summer, that’s their first trophy with the club, and it gives them that extra incentive to go and did it again later in the campaign. It’s nice to have a trophy wrapped up and it lets you push on from here.”

    Despite last weekend’s success, Christie said a busy December schedule prevents complacency. The Scottish champions will round off the year with another Glasgow derby – this one at Celtic Park – but the 24-year-old stressed the importance of playing game-to-game until then.  

    He added: “Even in the month of December, there are so many games before the break, which means plenty of things can change before then. It’s definitely not time to rest on our laurels. The final was one of our toughest games against Rangers, and we had to show a different side to our game, one with a bit more resilience. Doing so gave an extra bit of confidence in our own game and abilities.

    “These derby games are always going to be big. The next one will be nice to have at Celtic Park, for sure. It’s always nice to be at home in these big games, and have the majority of the crowd. When it comes along, we’ll look forward to it – just as much as we’re looking forward to Sunday against Hibs. There are so many games in December, though, that it’s very much about getting your head down and focusing on one game at a time.

    “I can’t speak highly enough of how well we’ve been over the past few seasons. No one would have dreamt of the Treble Treble. It’s credit to the mindset of the boys and the staff at the club to keep pushing. We said that after the first treble. Then the second one. There’s been a relentlessness and a hunger to keep chasing success.

    “The gaffer is big on telling us that when you look backwards to what you’ve done, that’s when you’re likely to get pushed off the top. With that in mind, we want to keep pushing and hopefully that can bring us more success.”

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