Ryan Christie has credited a pep talk with former manager, Brendan Rodgers, for helping his breakthrough into the Celtic team.

Speaking to the Celtic View, the attacking midfielder revealed his frustration at the time but gave, the now, Leicester City boss, credit for the part to play he had on his breakthrough into becoming a first-team regular.

“I remember being really frustrated because it felt like every time I was getting a chance, it wasn’t working out for me, but the

“Hearts game was the one where I made the impact that I always wanted to.

“I also need to give credit to Brendan Rodgers at the time. We played Dundee in the next game after that…he told me that he couldn’t really pull me out after that performance. And I just stayed in after that”

Many will, of course, remember the impact Christie had on that game in the capital against Hearts. Coming on a sub and changing the game completely, scoring once and winning the penalty for the opening goal, whilst also having a part to play in the second, with his shot being re-bounded to James Forrest.

Ever since that day, he has excelled and become a mainstay in this Celtic side, whether that be under Rodgers or no Neil Lennon.

Christie is a hard-working player. That’s how he made it at Celtic, he went away and worked hard to earn his opportunity.

Many players on the fringes at the club can use him as a great example at the fact, if you work hard, your opportunity will eventually game but you must cease that and show what you can do.


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