Celtic's Champions League hopes were dashed on a dramatic night at Parkhead.
Plenty of Celtic fans are understandably struggling to take any positives from Neil Lennon's side's defeat on Tuesday night - but for some, the performance of Ryan Christie was worthy of praise as the Hoops' Champions League group-stage hopes were dashed.
The Scottish Premiership champions appeared to be in a good position to secure a spot in the play-off round as they twice led during the second-leg of their tie with Cluj. But it was not to be.
The Romanian side went on to win 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate to leave Celtic looking to force their way into the Europa League group-stages. It was a performance littered with defensive mistakes, and Lennon may fear that it may prove to be a defining result during his second tenure.
But, while there should be an inquest into a lot of the performances on show, there were a small handful of players who can arguably hold their head up high given their contributions to the game - and one of those is surely Christie.
The 24-year-old produced another strong display, and went on to bag his eighth goal of the campaign after a brilliant piece of play involving Odsonne Edouard - who also stepped up when Celtic needed him during the second-half.
And a number of the supporters have taken to Twitter to suggest that Christie was one of the players who did not deserve to be on the losing side on Tuesday, with many lauding his performance and hinting that they now fear him leaving the club at some stage in the future.
Here is how some of the Celtic fans reacted to Christie's performance...
Middle to front we will score goals against anybody. Eddy is improving game by game, we'll get this season out him n he'll be off. His hold up play last night was unreal. To concede 4 goals against for me an average side is criminal. Ryan Christie MOTM. He was diff class— The Ridler (@_The_Ridler_) August 14, 2019
Only thing to take from tonight was the incredible reaction for eddy Ryan Christie also is phenomenal— max (@maxutlr) August 13, 2019
Only plus you can take from tonight, what a player Ryan Christie has become!— Tony McTaig (@BhigTee) August 13, 2019
Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie didn't deserve that #CELCLU— Mark Rodden (@MRodden) August 13, 2019
Btw let’s not forget about the performances of Edouard and Christie in amongst all of this. They were both absolutely outstanding but sadly let down by some of those behind them.— CelticBhoy1888 (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) August 13, 2019
Same old story in Europe for Celtic,miles and miles away from the CL.Blessing in disguise. If you didn’t know that was coming you haven’t been paying attention.The signs were there at the end of last season.Tough season ahead with that squad of players,Eddy & Christie carrying us— Pajo87 (@patrick_mcatee) August 13, 2019
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