RYAN CHRISTIE has given some insight into what he’s been doing since signing for Celtic and how his commitment to the club kept going even when he was up north with Aberdeen for 18-months.
The player came into Celtic a scrawny young lad and has slowly built up his upper body strength in a bid to make the cut and it’s now paying dividends.
Christie clearly has the talent and caught the eye of Celtic at ICT but to make it at a club like Celtic, you have to have strength as well as talent.
Rodgers and the Celtic coaching team have been making sure the midfielder was following a strict bulking up diet while at the Dons.
Transforming his game and helping him progress.
Speaking about the transformation, Christie admitted it wasn’t easy.
“It hasn’t been easy – it’s been a long, drawn-out process which started when I first joined Celtic. It’s nice that it’s finally paying dividends after a few years but it was something I knew I was going to have to work on.” told RecordSport.
“The sports science staff at the club are great and they’d send me all sorts of programmes to ensure I’m bulking up in the right way but also staying lean. However, I still have plenty more to do.”
It’s one thing to be told what he needs to do, but it’s an entirely different thing for the player to carry out what’s required to make the changes.
Christie has done his chances of a new Celtic contract no harm in the last two games but more importantly by showing the sort of commitment the Celtic manager demands of his players.
Ryan spoke earlier this week that he looks set to sign a new deal with the club with both parties getting round the table.