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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: EX-CELTIC STAR SLAMS CHRISTIE CRITICS, GERRARD IN DARK OVER TOP JOB, JAGS GUTTED FOR BOSS

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FORMER Celtic striker Tony Watt has slammed the fans who had a go at Ryan Christie following the midfielder’s red card in the 2-0 defeat at Livingston yesterday.

The Scotland international was sent off by referee Willie Collum for a rash high challenge on Scott Robinson who, thankfully, wasn’t hurt.

Christie was dismissed in the 25th minute with the game poised at 0-0. Livi went on to win 2-0 with second-half strikes from Robinson and Lyndon Dykes.

The Hoops ace was forced to delete his Twitter account following criticism.

But Watt hit out at the spoiled fans for their comments and furiously backed the Highlander. And he referenced similar abuse for Andy Robertson last month after the Scotland captain gave away a penalty while playing for Liverpool in the Champions League against Napoli.

Posting on social media, the forward, now playing in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia, said: “Ryan Christie has been Celtic’s best player for a while.

“If you are giving him abuse for yesterday have a word with yourself. Same with Robertson last month.

“He’s a UCL WINNER, some football fans are maybe a bit spoilt.”

STEVEN GERRARD admits he is in the dark over the successor to Mark Allan for the director of football role at Rangers.

Ross Wilson, of Southampton, has been linked with a move to Ibrox..

However, Gerrard, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “That is not my decision. I don’t know how close it is. I have read what has been written, but I haven’t been updated on anything, whether it is two days away, three months or four months.”

IAN McCALL’S homecoming to Firhill was ruined when Queen of the South defeated Partick Thistle 1-0 with a second-half goal from Darren Brownlie.

Ryan Williamson told ptfc.co.uk, all the players were gutted for the returning manager who has taken over from sacked Gary Caldwell.

The Jags defender said: “We came into the game on the back of a great result and performance at Inverness. There was a big crowd and it was the gaffers first game at home, so we wanted to build on last week.

“We were looking for a big performance and result and we are hugely disappointed we’ve not been able to do that.

“I think we were unfortunate not to come away with anything from the game, I thought we controlled possession and passed the ball well, but we lost a goal from a set piece which we aren’t happy with and after that we just couldn’t break them down.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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