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  • Ryan Christie right at home with Celtic

    Ryan Christie right at home with Celtic

    By: Mark Henderson on 05 Jan, 2016 14:01

  • RYAN Christie admits that attending Celtic games regularly in recent weeks has simply whetted his appetite to get out on the pitch and play in front of the Hoops faithful.

    The 20-year-old – whose Dad, Charlie was also on Celtic’s books in the 1980s - grew up as a fan of the club and managed to take in a number of games in Paradise, despite his football commitments, and his visits included the stunning 2-1 win over Barcelona in 2012.

    And it was a dream come true for last season’s Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year when he signed a four-year deal with the Scottish champions on September 1.

    The attacking midfielder was immediately loaned back to previous employers, Inverness Caley Thistle on a season-long loan, though the Hoops had the option of recalling him in January.

    On sustaining an injury while playing for the Highlanders against Motherwell in November, he headed to Lennoxtown to begin his recovery and rehab.

    Although he couldn’t play for Ronny Deila’s side, it allowed him to watch his new team-mates in action on a regular basis in domestic and European competition.

    And his excitement is palpable now that he knows he will soon have the chance to link up with them on the field, with the club electing to exercise their option to end his temporary move to the Caley Jags.

    Speaking exclusively to this week’s Celtic View, he said: “I found myself singing along under my breath when I was at a few of the games.

    “The fan-base down here is pretty incredible and even walking through the town I have been noticed a few times which is quite surprising to be fair but good. I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully make an impact.

    “I was at the Ajax game with my girlfriend and she was pretty amazed at the atmosphere. She has only been to Inverness games before so she was pretty taken aback by it as well. Just hearing the fans makes you more desperate to get out there in front of them.

    “It’s definitely pleasing as it’s a chance to come in and hit the ground running hopefully. If we manage to stretch away from Aberdeen, it might give me more of a chance to get involved with the team between now and the end of the season. It’s given me a right good chance to get some game-time for Celtic.

    “When I first signed back in the summer, because I was back up in Inverness the next day, it was like it had never really happened after a few months had gone by.

    “But now that I am down and in with the team, I feel part of the changing room now. I have been at a couple of games and watched the boys play.

    “I was at the Ajax game and that was pretty incredible and I could imagine it must be an amazing feeling playing in front of that many people. I’m just desperate to get out there now.

    “It’s a new challenge going into the New Year. I’ve a good year in football over the past 12 months and I’m looking to replicate that in 2016.”

    To see the full interview with Ryan Christie, see this week’s Celtic View, out Wednesday, January 6.

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