RYAN CHRISTIE has a future at Celtic, insists manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 23-year-old Scotland international midfielder is out of contract next summer and has spent the past 18 months on loan at Aberdeen where he racked up 58 appearances.

However, the Hoops boss reckons Christie has a role to play as the champions chase a triple treble and Euro glory.

Rodgers admitted: “We have one or two players like Ryan who will be very important for our squad.

“It is just really how they see themselves and whether they want to be a part of the squad.

“We don’t have a player who will play every single game, so there are going to be games there for these players. We played 61 competitive games last year.

“Ryan has got a year left on his contract. He is a good boy, he did exactly what we wanted in terms of him going on loan and getting 18 months’ really good experience.

“He came back stronger, determined, but it is what he wants as a footballer. For some of the boys on loan, out for 18 months to two years, they have been away for what has been a really strong period in the history of Celtic.

“But that doesn’t mean the others can’t come in and make a contribution. However, if they want to go away and play then that is a different conversation.”

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