Ryan Christie missed out on Celtic’s 6-0 win over Ross County on Saturday due to the red card he received against Livingston.
However, that hasn’t stopped him from working as hard as possible to maintain his fitness levels.
“It’s so frustrating to still be serving the suspension” he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
“But I’ve kept training hard and I’ve been doing some extra running.”
The player is hoping to return to the first-team against Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday night.
“I’ve kept myself ticking over and it would be good to get the chance to make an impact.”
Likely to return to first-team
It seems likely that Christie will get the chance to start against the Italian side. He has been one of Celtic’s best players this season, and if the Hoops want to get a result against Lazio, they need to play a very strong side.
There is another reason why Christie should play also – he is suspended for Celtic’s next league game against Aberdeen on Sunday.
That means that he can give it his all against Lazio. It a sign of how professional the player is that he has been working extra hard in training to make up for his red card.
That will impress Celtic manager Neil Lennon, you would have to think. Christie can make up for his red card in the best way possible, by performing well against Lazio.
Should he help the Hoops get the win that takes the Hoops one step away from the last 32 of the Europa League, then all his hard work on the training ground will have paid off.