Ryan Christie: Celtic midfielder "very positive" over new contract

By Kheredine IdessaneBBC Scotland
Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Celtic
Ryan Christie was involved in all three Celtic goals as they brushed Hearts aside in their League Cup semi-final

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie says talks on a new contract have been "very positive" and that he's "hoping to get something sorted soon".

The 23-year-old has scored three goals in his last three games, including a major role in the champions' League Cup semi-final win over Hearts.

Christie joined Celtic in a four-year deal in 2015, but has spent the past three seasons on loan, first with Inverness Caley Thistle, then Aberdeen.

His contract runs out in the summer.

Manager Brendan Rodgers described Christie as "brilliant" and a "much better player" after his two seasons on loan at Pittodrie, in which he helped the Dons to back-to-back second-place Premiership finishes.

He was named in Scotland head coach Alex McLeish's latest squad for the forthcoming Nations League games against Albania and Israel.

"He's been brilliant, Ryan, in this little spell that he's been able to get in the team," said Rodgers.

"To see the progress, it's a huge credit to him because when he went out on loan, he maybe felt that there maybe wasn't going to be an opportunity here.

"But he's taken his opportunity when he was away, did very well, did the things we asked him to do. He's come back and he's a much better player.

"Now he has the confidence to fill the shirt when he plays. He's been absolutely outstanding and if he can sign a new deal for the club, then it'd be absolutely great."

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