RYAN CHRISTIE aims to emulate Callum McGregor by staking a first team claim at Celtic.
The Highlander is on loan at Aberdeen for the remainder of the season, but plans to follow the lead of his Hoops colleague.
Calmac went on a temporary deal to English side Notts County in 2013 and returned to Parkhead a more accomplished player.
Christie is hoping that his own spell at the Dons can do the same for him after already pushing him towards an international debut in the 1-0 loss to Holland last week.
The talented midfielder said: “Callum is a good example. Playing alongside him during the Scotland gathering, you can see that he is an exceptional player.
“He is so gifted on the ball and you look at the way he has come through at Celtic.
“He had to go away to England to get games and progress.
“It shows that, when you do out on loan, it doesn’t mean that you are on the road out of that club.
“You can see how Callum has kicked on. He looks like one of the Top 10 players at Celtic right now and that’s great for him.
“It’s also good for me to look at him, look at his road and try to replicate it.
“Playing week in and week out helps my belief instead of sitting there on the sidelines and thinking that I’m not good enough.
“Playing for Scotland helps confidence, it shows that I might be able to go back to Celtic and prove a point.”
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