Ryan Christie
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Ryan Christie of Celtic celebrates his side's winning goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on November 8, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has warned his teammates against surprise league leaders Kilmarnock ahead of both team’s clash this weekend.

A 2-0 victory for Kilmarnock against Livingston on Wednesday coupled with a defeat for Rangers against Aberdeen and a draw for Celtic at Motherwell saw Steve Clarke’s men move to first position on the standings.

The champions are yet to beat Kilmarnock since Clarke was appointed as manager but could topple them off the top of the league with a victory this weekend.

However, given Kilmarnock’s remarkable consistency over the last two years since Clarke was appointed as manager, Christie is adamant that every Celtic player sees Killie as a viable threat to their ambitions of winning an eighth successive title.

“We’ll treat Kilmarnock with respect because they are where they are on merit – this isn’t a fluke,” said Christie, according to Daily Mail.

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“They’ve played some good football and they’re always such a hard team to come up against. They’ve done really well. Their manager has done a brilliant job, although I think you saw glimpses of that last season.”

“The boys in the dressing room have been saying the whole league is now more competitive; there are no easy games, home or away. You have to be on top of your game to do well against anyone.”

“Out of all the teams at the top of the league, they’re the team with the least pressure on them because – with all due respect – they’re not expected to be there.”

“It’s probably a nicer feeling to be coming in without that pressure, but we’re used to the pressure at Celtic and of wanting to be at the top and win every game.”

“That’s why it hurts so much when we don’t win, like the other night at Motherwell. We’ll be ready to deal with that pressure on Saturday and hopefully, we’ll pick up the win.”