Celtic youngster Ryan Christie talks up his versatility ahead of pre-season

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Celtic

The talented midfielder is out to impress this summer.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Celtic

In an interview with Celticfc.com, Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has provided insight into his versatility ahead of a crucial pre-season under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 21-year old was signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle last August and arrived as one of the hottest properties in Scottish football, but he failed to make a mark on the first team after returning early from a loan at his former club.

Celtic's Ryan Christie (2L) in action with St Johnstone's Liam Caddis (L) and David Wotherspoon (R)

“I’d say my natural position is like a No.10, attacking midfielder, but I really enjoyed playing up front in the last game of the season,” Christie told Celticfc.com.

“With such high quality we have in midfield I feel it’d be no problem to play up front as we have so many players that could play behind me."

“Also, I don’t mind playing out wide as well… I’ve played up front before but I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I did in that last game of the season and that’s probably because we tend to have a lot of possession,” he added.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Celtic

The young talent will be hoping to impress Rodgers from the moment the players return to pre-season tomorrow, and his ability to operate across the attack can only improve his prospects.

Rodgers’ arrival will be a clean slate for all playing staff and those on the fringes of the first team should be energised by the opportunity they now have.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

The former Liverpool boss is known for his adherence to an attacking philosophy, heavily centered on possession football, and that will suit the likes of Christie and Scott Allan down to a tee.

Rodgers has the difficult task of assembling a squad that can compete again at European level after a woeful showing in recent seasons, and the next few weeks at Lennoxtown will be crucial in determining who makes the cut.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch