Ryan Christie only played six times for Celtic over the course of this past season.
Ryan Christie has told Celtic’s official that he was frustrated about the past season at Parkhead.
Christie signed for Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle last summer, but he was immediately loaned back to Tulley Caledonian Stadium.
Christie then stayed with Inverness until January, before arriving at Parkhead for 2016.
Since moving to Celtic, Christie’s first-team chances have been limited and he admits that sitting on the sidelines has been difficult to deal with.
“Obviously it has been frustrating not playing but it’s such a big squad and I need to remember I’ve signed a four-year deal so I’m here for the long term. I know that I’ve definitely learned and improved as a player, even if I’m not playing,” he said.
Christie made just six appearances for Celtic after signing, and he scored one goal.
The youngster showed flashes of potential, but he never really managed to nail down a position in Deila’s first-team.
Christie is now hoping that Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at Celtic helps him to receive more regular action.
“It’s nice when a new gaffer comes in because everyone knows they’re on the same level and you’re just fighting for a place to impress, so it’ll be in everyone’s head to step in the door on top form at pre-season,” he said.
While with Inverness earlier this season, Christie played 15 times in all competitions and he scored on three occasions.