Ryan Christie is out for justice against Europa League opposition on Thursday night.
Tomorrow’s game against Sparta Prague sees Celtic travel to face the team that humbled them 4-1 a mere two weeks ago. Since then, Celtic’s attacking midfielder has fired his country into a major tournament for the first time since 1998, scoring to take the lead against Serbia before penalties settled the match.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Christie said:
We’ve got a bit of a personal vendetta about the way the game at Parkhead went, so we want to put that right.
I want to be there for that reason, absolutely. We want to prove ourselves in Europe as we’re frustrated with our form there right now.
The 25-year-old midfielder expanded on Celtic’s ambitions in Europe and expressed regret for the nature of the club’s exit from European competition in 19-20.
It felt like we fell one short last season against Copenhagen. We did very well in the group and it felt like we could have gone an extra couple of rounds.
We’re still looking to do the same this year. That means going out and getting results against these teams.
This is exactly the kind of thing you want to hear from one of Celtic’s in-form players. Christie, in 19 games so far this season, has been involved in 12 goals (via Transfermarkt) , including an impressive 5 assists in 12 Scottish top-flight matches.
Although buoyed by the success he enjoyed with Scotland during the international break, Christie cut a frustrated figure against Hibs on Saturday, with real chances at a premium.
This Celtic side seems to enjoy European ties with chip fully attached to shoulder. Christie’s attitude exemplifies that.