Scotland national team assistant coach Steven Reid has said that Glasgow Celtic star Ryan Christie’s performances will not be affected by the recent online abuse which he received, as reported by BBC Sport.
“It definitely opens you up to abuse and criticism, it is how you can deal with that as an individual,” said Reid.
“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.
“Hopefully he continues his form in the next two game for us [against Russia and San Marino].”
Celtic suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership last weekend, with Christie receiving a red-card during the game.
The result will have no doubt hampered the Hoops’ chances of retaining their status as the kings of Scottish football this season.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic side may have arguably been able to get something from the game had Christie not been red-carded.
Christie received his dismissal while the scores were level following a challenge on Scott Robinson.
The 24-year-old Celtic attacking midfielder became the victim of social media attacks after the game.
It appears to have taken a toll on him as he went on to close down his Twitter account following the game.
Celtic fans must forgive Christie for his error. Even the best of players do make mistakes and he is still young, meaning that he still has time to iron out errors in his game as well as become a better player.
Scotland are currently in fifth position in Group I and have lost their last three games in European Championship qualifying. They will go into their game as under-dogs against Russia but will be looking to salvage some pride from the game against the 2018 World Cup hosts.
After the game against Russia, they will face off against San Marino in a game which they can aim to win and will be favourites for.
Celtic will be looking to get back to winning ways after the international break, with the Hoops behind Rangers in the top-flight standings.