It has been almost two weeks since the incident but with the SPFL back this weekend Gary Holt has given his take on Ryan Christie’s mistimed tackle which landed the Celtic midfielder a red card against Livi.

The Livingston boss was quick to defend Ryan after it emerged in the aftermath of the game the player quit social media site Twitter.

From what we could garner on social media – there wasn’t too many dissenting voices but Ryan was feeling so low after the incident he took himself out of the firing range.

Speaking about the social media side of things, Gary Holt admits he has it but rarely uses it because of the nature of some peoples thinking.

He backed Ryan after the red card incident itself and called the player a star in the making.

“Ryan’s a young lad learning the game. He has massive potential and is a star in the making, if not so already.” Holt told SunSport.

“He mistimed a tackle and he’s getting castigated for it.

“I’ve got social media. Do I use it? Not really.

“It’s brutal and people don’t understand the effect it has. I’ve got kids and my kids read it.

“But it’s the nature of the beast. That’s what you have got to accept when you agree to sign up to these things. You are going to get that.

“Not everybody is going to blow smoke up your backside. Do I agree with that? No, I don’t. I think it’s totally unjust.”

Celtic take on Livingston at home next month and the bhoys will be looking to right the wrong of the Almondvale defeat. The bhoys have no room for error at the moment as they sit second in the league.

Ross County is up first for Neil Lennon’s men, a win and a convincing win would go a long way but it’s not going to be easy.


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