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  • Ryan Christie: We want maximum points from the next three games

    Ryan Christie: We want maximum points from the next three games

    By: Joe Donnelly on 19 Dec, 2019 12:12

  • RYAN Christie was delighted with Celtic’s 2-0 win over Hearts last night (Wednesday), and now looks to extend their formidable form to the end of the year.

    The 24-year-old opened the scoring in last night’s clash at Tynecastle, before Olivier Ntcham doubled the Hoops’ lead five minutes before half-time. Now, Neil Lennon’s men turn their attention to Aberdeen at Paradise on Saturday, before travelling to St Mirren on Boxing Day and hosting their city rivals at Celtic Park on the 29th.

    With 17 goals in green and white so far this season, Christie is determined to increase his tally before the winter break – and likewise targets three wins out of three in that time. Doing so could see the Scottish champions enter 2020 eight points clear that the top of the Premiership.   

    “We knew that Hearts would come at us with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we knew we’d have to ride that storm in the opening stages, especially at a ground like Tynecastle,” said Christie. “I think we did that well. It took us about 15 minutes or so to get going, before we started being a bit more direct, but it paid off.

    “The second-half wasn’t exactly a spectacle but we got the job done and got over the line, and we’re happy with that. Our aim going into the game was to win and to go five points clear at the top. We know how big these games are in the lead up to the break.

    “The manager has drilled it into us, to have that winning mentality going into every game, and we were really happy to do it against Hearts at a tough venue, before going into another huge game at the weekend.”

    Through this, Christie explained that the Hoops’ collective focus is on themselves, and that winning is all they can do game-to-game. Celtic have now won nine league games on the bounce which, in turn, continues to puts pressure on the rest of the pack.

    He added: “Between now and the break we’ve got three massive games, which we’re hoping translates to three big wins. That’ll put us in a good place.

    “I was happy to score against Hearts, I’m always happy to score in any game. I think it started with me tackling Jamesy – he’s not too happy about that. I’m always happy to score, but I felt Olly’s goal was a little bit more important. It gave us that cushion and he took it very well.  

    “It’s my job as an attacking player to score and create goals. Especially when I’m playing in this team, with the players I have around me, and the way that we’re playing – I know that I’m likely to get one or two chances. It falls to me to take the chances that I’m given. Luckily, I’ve been able to score them lately."

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