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.
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.
“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.”
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…
Some Celtic fans need to settle just a little, I’m sure Christie knows it was a bad challenge but some of the abuse towards him is shocking. We got beat yesterday but we lost as a TEAM not one player, we get back up and go again.
Win, lose or draw I’ll always be Celtic FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/hGyjlgrnxj
— Robert McIver 🍀 (@McIver88) October 7, 2019
This is a absolutely disgraceful the fact that Ryan Christie had to deactivate his Twitter account due to getting abuse about getting sent off today
Every one makes mistakes and the players are people so they don’t deserve it that bad that they have take down their accounts 🍀 pic.twitter.com/QeCVQ6eiHZ
— Insta_celts (@InstaCelts) October 6, 2019
I was really disappointed with the result yesterday but more disappointed at the abuse young Christie is getting, he’s been a fantastic player for us. I’ve not been disappointed with Celtic very much, over the last 8 years, take this result on the chin and support my team 💚🍀
— 💚The Main Mam💚 (@mariemcford) October 7, 2019
Ryan Christie can redeem himself. And I shouldn't imagine that will be a difficult job for him to do.
Will the ones who sent the filthiest abuse to him be able to do the same ? 🤔 .. Mud sticks, heads best be hanging low to the floor!
— LottieBee 🇮🇪🍀 (@LottieBee3) October 7, 2019
I can’t figure out why Christie is getting the abuse he is , he did that challenge with no malice & if he’d have got away with it then he’d be yer hero ! 😏🙄
— carol o'connor – Bolingoli 🏴😘 (@carolk23) October 7, 2019
If it’s true that Ryan Christie has deleted his twitter account because of abuse from Celtic fans then those “fans” need to take a good look at themselves.
— stephen r (@cardiffbhoy) October 6, 2019
I am sure no one feels as bad about Ryan Christie’s red card than Ryan himself and now I read he has deleted his social media because of the abuse he has been getting, so many perfect people out there, disgraceful 😡
— Clare Groves (@ClareTheScot2) October 6, 2019
Any Celtic fan giving Ryan Christie abuse should take a long hard look at themselves👍
— Ryann_cfc (@_R_1967) October 7, 2019
Disgusted by these so called celtic fans forcing Ryan christie to close his Twitter account due to abuse resulting from a silly tackle yesterday. Just remember the amount of games we have won due to his goals. Far outweigh the games lost .
— David Park (@DavidPa55539859) October 7, 2019