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DONS BOOST FOR CELT CHRISTIE

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RYAN CHRISTIE intends putting his 18 months on loan at Aberdeen to a good use as he attempts to impress Brendan Rodgers.

The 23-year-old Celtic midfielder was a key man at Pittodrie and his consistency earned him his Scotland international breakthrough.

With Stuart Armstrong moving to Southampton in a £7million deal, the time is right for Christie to make his move to become a first team regular.

The Highlander said: “That is the plan. I wouldn’t be back if I didn’t think that. I have plenty of confidence in myself that I can have a place in the squad and make a claim for myself, even though it’s a very experienced and talented squad.

“Over the next couple of weeks, for me, it’s about working hard and trying to impress.

“Pre-season has been good and now it feels like I never left. My first day back was a little strange, but now I’m settled in and it’s been nice being away with the boys and I’m ready for the hard work.

“I really enjoyed my time at Aberdeen and there were so many positives to come from it. I really enjoyed working under Derek McInnes and playing under a similar pressure to here, where there’s a need to win and that was really helpful for me.

“There were plenty of things I learned on my time away and, hopefully, I can use them to my advantage to come back here and do well.

“I played a lot of games last season and it was one of the first times in my career where I churned out around 40 games.

“That was good as it was my first proper full season. It was brilliant to learn from that and be with a team from start to finish, having the pressure to finish as high up the table as possible, and I was delighted we managed to finish second.

“At the start of last season, I would never have thought I would have been introduced to the Scotland squad, so for that to come around as well was brilliant.”

* Christie was talking to the official Celtic website.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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