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Reid feels for Christie after trolls take aim

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Scotland coach Steven Reid empathised with Ryan Christie after the Celtic attacker deactivated his Twitter account following his red card in the defeat to Livingston.

The 24-year-old was sent off for a reckless challenge on Scott Robinson on Sunday before the Lions won 2-0 with their first ever victory over the Hoops, who lost their place at the top of the Premiership to Rangers.

Christie joined up with Steve Clarke's squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against Russia and San Marino with his Twitter account no longer active following reported criticism.

At a media conference, Reid spoke of his own social media experience, saying: "It definitely opens you up to abuse and criticism, it is how you can deal with that as an individual.

"The back end of my career, it (Twitter) was just starting to take off and I was in a relegation dog fight with West Brom at the time.

"I came off it because of the abuse, the negative messages you get at times.

"It is just whether the individual can deal with it. Out of 100 positive tweets you might get one that is not so positive, and it's how you deal with that.

"For me, I use it sparingly. I try to stay off it as much as I can."

Reid is confident that Christie will continue his good form when he pulls on a dark blue shirt again.

He said: "He has been outstanding this season, his form has been brilliant.

"It was an out-of-character challenge, I am sure he will be wanting to make up for it with club and country as soon as possible."

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