Celtic star Ryan Christie has held his hands up regarding his toilet roll challenge – claiming he’d been trying for around half-an-hour to get it right.

Christie and his flatmate Calum Ferguson took part in what’s become a bit of an internet sensation – the toilet roll challenge. It involved a few keepy-uppies from both men before Christie clipped the toilet roll through a small basketball hoop.

Footballers around the world have been showing off their skills with different challenges in recent days. It comes with many around the world being forced to self isolate and use social distancing measures put in place by their respective governments.


However, speaking to Celtic’s official website, Christie has confirmed that his own attempt at the toilet roll challenge was anything but smooth.

“I don’t have a number (of how many attempts it took). It took us about 20 minutes, maybe half-an-hour, which I didn’t think was too bad! This was before the lockdown, so my mate was visiting and we decided to do it just before he left.

“He was leaving at around three o’clock, so we started it at around half-two. We’d set ourselves that time limit and we managed to do it.

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“To be fair, though, the one we shared was a bit of a fluke – the plan was for him to header it in at the end. I told him to go beside the net, but my shot went straight in. So we took that!”

Positive to see footballers engaging during these difficult times

It’s a real bonus for supporters to be able to watch their favourite footballers engaging on social media with different challenges during these difficult and unprecedented times.

The football community should be rallying together in times like these. Many footballers still appear keen to provide some form of entertainment for supporters during their respective lockdowns.

It follows Celtic’s virtual match against St Johnstone on Saturday too, where the club used Pro Evolution Soccer to show highlights of the game and reported on it as if it was a real match. It wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously – it was just a bit of fun.

Celtic star Ryan Christie

Celtic star Ryan Christie (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But that’s what we need in times like this – creativity. You can’t have a go at the club or footballers for trying to lighten the mood during a real dark period in time.

It’ll be interesting to see what more challenges and entertainment ideas are produced the longer the current crisis goes on.

Goodness knows we’ll take whatever football-themed content we can get.



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