This is it for Ryan Christie: he’s getting ready to a very powerful and thrilling chapter in his soccer profession.
Tomorrow, newly-promoted Bournemouth resume life within the English Premier League with an opening-day fixture at residence to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and, for the 27-year-old Scotland worldwide, that is the second when desires are realised.
‘This is why I got here to Bournemouth within the first place — my ambition was to play within the Premier League,’ stated Christie.
‘I used to be determined to achieve this degree, to point out that, hopefully, I’ve the abilities to have the ability to play on such a stage. I simply need the season to get began.’
Ryan Christie will get his first style of Premier League soccer with Bournemouth on Saturday
The Scotland worldwide helped the Cherries clinch Premier League promotion final season
Christie’s transfer from Celtic in August 2021 prompted fairly just a few raised eyebrows, not least amongst those that claimed that, in soccer phrases, he was transferring from an enormous membership to a small one.
The added intrigue was that he might have moved final summer season straight to a Premier League membership however as an alternative selected to plant himself on England’s south coast on the Vitality Stadium, the place he felt he had the perfect probability of progressing his profession.
‘Oh, I heard a few of the chat about me leaving Celtic, and a few of the feedback that have been made,’ he stated.
‘To be trustworthy, I tended to disregard it. I heard about it extra from household or my mates however I did not trouble studying or listening to it myself.
‘For my profession, I knew what I wished to do. I needed to go away Celtic for the sake of change and a brand new soccer problem.
‘And once I spoke early on to Scott Parker about transferring to Bournemouth, every part concerning the transfer felt proper.
Christie admitted it has all the time been his dream to play within the England’s high flight
‘There was different curiosity in me on the time. Burnley and one other membership have been all for taking me straight into the Premier League, and which may have been a better route for me.
‘But I wished to hitch a membership the place I might take pleasure in my soccer, and see loads of the ball, and I actually loved our marketing campaign final season within the Championship with Bournemouth.
‘They have gotten a method of soccer at this membership which fits me.
‘The plan was all the time to play numerous soccer and revel in my profession, which I did final season, and get promoted. And we achieved that.
‘When I look again, it looks like I made the proper alternative in coming to Bournemouth.’
The job now going through Christie and his team-mates is each mouth-watering and daunting.
Parker, surprisingly, has made it plain in latest days that Bournemouth have had a poor summer season within the switch market — the membership has struggled to notably enhance its squad on final season — and the August roster of fixtures is an eyeful for any Cherries fan: Aston Villa (h), Manchester City (a), Arsenal (h) and Liverpool (a).
Yet Christie seems to be on the fixture-list and is champing on the bit to get began.
‘For certain, it’s powerful, it will be a critical problem for us,’ he stated. ‘We know — and we now have emphasised this in coaching — how demanding the Premier League goes to be.
The midfielder swapped Celtic for Bournemouth to chase his Premier League ambition
‘We know we might want to match as much as that problem, mentally and bodily, as a result of that could be a large a part of top-flight soccer today.
‘I really feel the thrill of it, completely. Over the summer season I loved a vacation and a few downtime after being concerned with Scotland, however I knew what was coming.
‘The entire squad right here feels the identical. Personally, I can not wait to get going.
‘It’s a troublesome begin but it surely’s additionally thrilling. It is perhaps troublesome to get quite a lot of factors out of these video games, however then once more, these kinds of fixtures are why I’m right here at Bournemouth.
‘Fingers crossed, perhaps we are able to shock just a few individuals and have a very good begin to the season.
‘These are the video games I used to be determined to play in. I now have this chance to play towards the perfect membership sides on the earth, so it feels actually thrilling.
‘This was why I left Celtic: to play within the Premier League, to get that probability, to point out that I might deal with it. Well, now I’m right here. Now I’ve that probability.’
Christie was filled with reward for Bournemouth supervisor Scott Parker forward of the brand new season
There is intrigue in seeing how he copes with the setting. Christie is a kind of footballers who appear to draw admirers and critics in equal measure: those that marvel at his intuitive expertise over the ball, and others who declare he may be wasteful and over-ambitious on the pitch.
At Celtic, Christie was a hero in so many moments, but additionally attracted groans from the gang when issues did not work.
What he does possess, in addition to innate potential, is a capability for self-analysis which has in all probability helped him in his profession thus far.
He added: ‘I’ve performed numerous video games in my profession up up to now — and massive video games as nicely, at membership or worldwide degree — and that lets you construct a base-level of self-confidence.
‘At the identical time, in case you play two or three video games and you’re feeling you aren’t taking part in so nicely, then sure, you may really feel some doubts.
‘But what I’ve seen is that, the older I’ve received, the extra I’ve been capable of preserve a degree of self-confidence, which has helped me to maintain a type of consistency about my recreation.
‘When I used to be youthful I used to be very up and down, which is perhaps regular for a younger participant, however as time goes on you learn to take care of issues.
Bournemouth boss Parker stays annoyed along with his membership’s lack of summer season switch exercise
‘I can look again to so many large video games I’ve performed in — for Celtic and Scotland — and realizing that I’ve executed that has given me confidence. I really feel like I can compete at this degree.
‘Internationally, I’ve come up towards quite a lot of these high gamers, plus I’ve educated with quite a lot of the Scotland boys who’re already within the Premier League.
‘So I do know what this degree of soccer is all about. Hopefully, me and the remainder of this Bournemouth staff can present that we’re ok to be on this league.
‘I take a look at Scottish boys who’re already at this degree — John McGinn and Stuart Armstrong — and I believe it is nice for Scottish soccer to see them taking part in within the Premier League, and never simply taking part in in it, however doing rather well in it.
‘I’d love to do the identical.’
Christie (left) scored three objectives and registered eight assists within the Championship final season
Pre-season coaching has been gruelling: the hardest, Christie says, he has ever identified.
Over 10 days in a broiling warmth in Portugal the Bournemouth squad did double-sessions, all of it tailor-made to dealing with the upper calls for of the season forward.
‘The supervisor has strengthened the purpose that, by way of ways and formations, we won’t be naïve sufficient to assume it is going to be the identical as final season, once we went in to so many video games anticipating to win and had a lot of the ball.
‘This season we’re going to go into just a few of those actually powerful opening fixtures and we are going to know that we’re positively not going to be dominating possession.
‘So we’re going to must be tactically switched on to restrict them to as few probabilities as potential.
‘Plus, we’ll must be ultra-efficient when we now have the ball. We’ve labored on all of this in pre-season, and it is attending to the purpose now the place you simply wish to put all of it into follow.
‘Portugal was arduous, arduous work. Really powerful. But we have labored on every part. We’ve thought via every part. Now comes the problem and it’s to be relished.’
It helps, Christie says, that he performs for a supervisor he admires and trusts implicitly. Scott Parker was, actually, the primary attraction for Christie transferring to Bournemouth, and the connection the pair now have is embedded on the soccer membership.
He admitted that pre-season coaching in Portugal was the hardest he has ever skilled
‘From the second I began talking to Scott about Bournemouth final summer season I used to be making up my thoughts: I knew I wished to play for him.
‘He was good with me. He was very spectacular to speak to.
‘And then, once I did signal, he put into follow every part that he had spoken about with me on the telephone, by way of how and the place he wished me to play.
‘As a coach he brings new concepts to the desk — you realise taking part in below him how intelligent he’s.
‘Lots of people assume that, when you have a terrific taking part in profession, as he did, it simply interprets into teaching, however that is not all the time the case.
‘He’s very passionate in coaching day by day. He joins in, and he is actually not misplaced it as a participant, that is for certain. It has been good working below him.
‘At the identical time, the aspirations of the membership are huge: all people is pushing to make Bournemouth as profitable as they are often.
‘The membership believes, rightly for my part, that that is the place it belongs, within the high flight.’