RYAN CHRISTIE says Celtic took Sparta Prague’s crushing home defeat personally and will be finding vengeance tomorrow night for the 4-1 loss in the Czech Republic.
After a poor start to their Europa League season, the attacker claims Celtic has plenty to prove, having picked up just one point from their opening three games.
He says the Scottish champions still feel they can qualify and will look to cement their place with a victory over Sparta Prague in the knockout stages.
Christie said, “We’ve got a bit of a personal vendetta over the way the game went at Parkhead, so we want to make amends,”
At the moment, we’re disappointed with our form in Europe. The coach has discussed it a few times and on Thursday night we want to make amends.
“For that reason, I want to be there. Completely. Absolutely! In Europe, we want to prove ourselves.
It felt like last season we missed a point against Copenhagen. It felt like there were a couple more rounds we should have played.
“We did really well in the group last year and we want to prove ourselves in Europe every season. This year, we would like to do it again, and that means bringing results against these teams.
After his recent Scottish exploits, Christie was brought back to earth at the weekend, when Celtic rescued a point late against Hibernian to drop 11 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premier League table.
In order to help his team close the gap, he says he is now completely focused on the club.
“He said, “The game against Hibs turned around really fast, so you just can’t sit back and enjoy it,” he said. “You have to look forward to it.
For me, that’s the frustrating part. I wanted to return to Celtic and get a win to keep the feeling of winning going.
It’s been an incredible week of what we’ve done, but clearly that’s going to go in the closet now and come out next summer to figure it out. It’s back to business for me now.