Christie won’t let monthly award hinder his Celtic focus

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Ryan Christie has waited too long for his chance at Celtic to take his sparkling run of form for granted.

Ryan Christie has waited too long for his chance at Celtic to take his sparkling run of form for granted.

Christie collected the Ladbrokes Premiership player-of-the-month award after taking his recent tally to six in nine Celtic matches when scoring the opener in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Motherwell.

The 23-year-old has had to be patient since signing for Celtic in September 2015 – spending almost two years on loan, firstly back at Inverness and then with Aberdeen.

Hard work proved the antidote to any frustration over sitting on the sidelines and that enabled him to hit the ground running when the opportunity presented itself in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

He scored a spectacular goal and had a hand in both of the others against Hearts and has never looked back since – starting twice for Scotland and netting the cup final winner against the Dons.

But the new-found adulation will not go to Christie’s head as he sets about continuing his run of goals and assists.

‘It’s my job as an attacking midfielder,’ he said. ‘The manager wants goals from all areas of the park and even from midfield at this club you need to carry a goal threat.

‘I’m happy that I’m doing that just now and long may it continue. The boys I am playing with, it’s easy to feed the ball to them and let them score, too.

‘Obviously the past couple of months show how quickly football can change but at the same time I know how it can turn the other way. I need to keep working as hard as ever and hopefully it will continue.’

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