New Celtic signing Ryan Christie has been quoted by the Daily Mail acknowledging that it is going to be hard for him to break into the team at Parkhead.
Christie signed for the club from Inverness, before heading straight back on loan, but he’s not held back in terms of talking about his future with the Bhoys.
He’s under no illusion as to how difficult it will be to break into the group of players working under Ronny Deila, all competing to be the first choice number ten in the team.
“I know it’s going to be hard to get into the team here, but I’ve got to challenge myself as part of my career. I’m not going to go anywhere just to sit on the sidelines,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.
“So I need to step up to the plate now and prove I’m ready to play for Celtic.”
The challenge facing the player
The challenge Christie has is proving that he’s a better option for Deila than Stefan Johansen, Kris Commons or Tom Rogic, which will be extremely difficult for him.
The fact he’s going back to Inverness on loan is a positive move because it ensures that he can play regularly, develop and impress his new manager.
Had he jumped straight in at the deep end and got involved with the Celtic squad right away, it could have affected his form and confidence if he was just sitting on the bench throughout the season, but he’s got a chance to play games, create, score goals and impress.