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Celtic's Ryan Christie keen to end 2018 with victory over Rangers

Celtic's Ryan Christie (right) celebrates with team-mate Scott Sinclair. Picture by Graham Stuart/PA
Ronnie Esplin

Ryan Christie admits it would be an "amazing" end to the year for him if he could help Celtic beat Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

The 23-year-old attacker started 2018 on loan at Aberdeen with his Parkhead future uncertain.

However, after returning to the Hoops in the summer, Christie has subsequently established himself in Brendan Rodgers' squad and scored the only goal of the game in the Betfred Cup final win over the Dons at Hampden Park earlier in the month, having signed a new three-year deal in November.

He has also become an integral part of Alex McLeish's Scotland set-up, after making his debut the previous year.

Ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with the Light Blues, where a win would take Celtic six points clear of their Old Firm rivals with a game in hand, Christie was asked what it would mean to him to sign off the year with a victory.

"It would be amazing," said the former Inverness player, who signed for Celtic in 2015.

"It will be my first taste of Ibrox in a Celtic shirt if I'm lucky enough to play.

"I'm looking forward to that. I'm pretty sure it will be a hostile environment.

"It's something I have been used to in all different grounds with Celtic so yeah, it would be pretty special.

"At the start of December we wanted to come out of it top of the league and hopefully starting to pull away from teams because obviously we want to be top from now until the end of the season.

"It's obviously a huge game at the weekend but if we come out of it with a win, it would show how well we have done this month."

TEAM TALK

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney will be assessed ahead of the Old Firm clash against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

The Scotland defender has missed the last four Hoops games with a hip injury.

Defender Jozo Simunovic is back in training after recovering from a knock but midfielder Tom Rogic is away with Australia on international duty while striker Leigh Griffiths is out of football for a period of time with personal issues and Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani (both knee) remain out.

Provisional squad: Gordon, Lustig, Tierney, Ajer, Hendry, Boyata, Simunovic, Benkovic, McGregor, Ntcham, Brown, Sinclair, Edouard, Forrest, Hayes, Morgan, Mulumbu, Izaguirre, Christie, Ralston, Johnston, Bain.

 

 

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