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Celtic man speaks about Red Imps second leg

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Celtic

The Celtic man feels that the response to their Champions League defeat was "over the top".

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Celtic

Quoted by The Mail, Celtic man Ryan Christie feels that the vitriol directed at him and his team-mates after losing to Lincoln Red Imps was "over the top", but reveals that manager Brendan Rodgers told them to expect a backlash of sorts.

The Hoops suffered what is surely a minor hiccup in their Champions League qualification campaign after losing 1-0 to the semi-professional Gibraltar outfit last week.

But the second leg of the second preliminary round comes at Parkhead on Wednesday and Celtic should definitely make up for what happened in Gibraltar last Tuesday.

Celtic's Ryan Christie (2L) in action with St Johnstone's Liam Caddis (L) and David Wotherspoon (R)

Lee Casciaro - a full-time military policeman away from the football pitch - was the hero after his 48th-minute winner, and the shock nature of the defeat led to widespread criticism from pundits and supporters; more so because Rodgers - taking charge of his first competitive match as Celtic boss - said the defeat was not embarrassing.

There was nowhere to hide for Celtic players or the Northern Irish manager, but Christie feels that the response was somewhat harsh, and believes that the Scottish Premiership champions should put things right.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

"It was a bit over the top," Christie said of the reaction, to The Mail. "The gaffer told us we would be questioned after that result. It was more about the unity within the group to ignore it and to make sure we put things right in the second leg.

"Most of the boys have learned to stay away from things like social media and most of the big players now don’t look at the critics and things like social media as it only brings you down.

"As long as we stick together and keep our thoughts solely on ourselves and not on outside influences, then we should be fine."

Elimination would be unfathomable for Celtic fans, who have been starved of Champions League football over the past two seasons and it would not go down well if a semi-professional club denies them this year.

Of course, there are still two more ties to negotiate if Rodgers is to lead them back among Europe's elite, but the former Liverpool boss will not be looking beyond Wednesday's visit of the Red Imps.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

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