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CHRISTIE ‘VENDETTA’ MISSION

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RYAN CHRISTIE is determined to vent his frustration on Sparta Prague as Celtic seek their first win in the fourth game in their Europa League Group H encounter tomorrow night.

The Hoops were humiliated at Parkhead 20 days ago when a second-string Czech Republic side, ravaged by coronavirus issues, walloped them 4-1 in one of their worst performances in recent years.

Neil Lennon’s side required three points after losing 3-1 to AC Milan in Glasgow and drawing 2-2 with Lille in France in their previous two outings, but flopped to an unacceptable loss following a shambolic, embarrassing 90 minutes.

The European adventure for another season surely ended among the rubble and debris of that dire display – following all too quickly on the Champions League exit from unseeded and unfancied Ferencvaros – but they have the quickfire opportunity to claw back some pride in this confrontation.

Christie, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We’ve got a bit of a personal vendetta about the way the game went at Parkhead. We have been frustrated with our form in Europe right now.

“We want to put that right starting tomorrow night. I want to be there for that reason. Absolutely. We want to prove ourselves in Europe.

“We felt as though we fell short last season against Copenhagen. We felt as though we could have gone through.

“I said it last season and we obviously did very well in the group. Every season we want to prove ourselves in Europe.”

 
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