Ryan Christie discusses levels of competition in Celtic squad after difficult first season at Parkhead

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The youngster has only made three appearances for the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Ryan Christie has claimed that he always knew that competition for places in the Celtic squad was going to be fierce but insisted that he is determined to make the grade at Parkhead, the Evening Times reports.

The 21-year-old has only made four appearances for the Hoops since his move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle near the start of the campaign - though he did remain with his former side for several months on loan - with his last game coming in the draw with Hamilton at the end of February.

But the midfielder suggested that he expected a tough time trying to force his way into the side, however he added that he is still optimistic about his chances of earning a regular spot in the team.

"I expected that at Celtic. At some clubs, there is not as much competition for places as there is at a big club like Celtic," he told the Evening Times.

"It is part of the challenge and the main thing for me it keep my head down, work hard and hopefully rise above everyone else in my position."

While the youngster has endured a difficult start to life with the Scottish Premiership champions, he can take plenty of confidence from one of his teammates who has managed to move from the periphery of the side and has now become one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Like Christie, Kieran Tierney had a more established player blocking his path to the first-team in Emilio Izaguirre. However, the left-back took his opportunity when it came along and has arguably become one of their players of the season. And Christie will be hoping to make a similar impact when his next chance presents itself. 

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