Some Celtic supporters have taken to Twitter to show support for Ryan Christie after he felt the need to deactivate his social media accounts in the wake of Sunday’s defeat to Livingston.

The attacking midfielder received a red card in the first half of the Scottish Premiership clash after a studs up challenge on Scott Robinson.

It put the Hoops on the back foot and was a contributory factor in Neil Lennon’s side being beaten 2-0.

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His father Charlie confirmed that he came off the website after a wave of criticism, telling BBC Sportsound: “The people that matter know he is not like that, his manager knows that, the opposition manger knows that and anyone with any knowledge in the game knows it.

“There is always going to be supporters who have a pop, that’s the easy thing to do.

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“I believe there is a wee bit on social media, I am not a fan of social media for this exact reason. I said he’s got to put it behind him and come back more determined.”

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Wider reaction

A minority have apparently crossed the line and impacted on the player. That he feels the need to shut down that avenue of communication with fans completely is obviously not the best situation.

Criticism is valid, but if there’s been any abuse then it goes without saying that’s out of order.

Christie has been one of our most important players for nearly a year now and one poor moment shouldn’t take away from that.

Thankfully there are many others ready to step forward and show support, with this lot taking to the website to share their appreciation for the player and decry those taking things too far…

 

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