Christie ready to 'kick on' at Celtic with new deal close
Ryan Christie revealed he's set to put pen to paper on a new Parkhead contract.
Ryan Christie said he's ready to "kick on" and make a big impact for Celtic after revealing he's close to signing a new deal with the Scottish champions.
The Hoops playmaker, who is in the final year of his contract, has held talks with manager Brendan Rodgers over an extension.
Christie has impressed in recent weeks after being given the chance in Celtic's first team.
With a new deal imminent, the 23-year-old said he's intent to nail down a regular starting spot and make a big contribution going forward.
Asked how talks over a new deal had went, he said: "Very positive.
"I love being a Celtic player and I want to extend my stay here.
"It's looking positive and hopefully we can come to an agreement quite soon.
"With the contract talks I had to speak to the manager. He told me saw a future for me here at the club.
"That's all I needed to know and with that knowledge I can hopefully kick on.
"It's up to me to kick on but I feel like I am a part of this squad now and can have a big impact between now and the end of the season.
Christie looked to have fallen out of Rodgers' plans after spending 18 months with Aberdeen.
But he has built on a match-winning display off the bench in the League Cup semi-final against Hearts by forcing his way into the reckoning for regular starts.
Rodgers paid credit to Christie for grasping his chance with both hands when it came.
The Northern Irishman added: "He's been brilliant in this spell that he has been able to get into the team.
"I had a really good chat with him during the week, talking about how he is doing, the plan when he came in and reinforcing that.
"It's a huge credit to him because when he went out on loan he maybe felt there wasn't going to be an opportunity here.
"But he's taken his opportunity when he was away and has come back a much better player.
"Now, he has the confidence to fill the shirt when he plays. He's been absolutely outstanding, if he can sign a new deal with the club it would be great."