Jack Hendry isn’t bothered whether two back to back wins have got the critics off his back.
The defender joined Celtic from Dundee in January and had the misfortune to be involved in most of Celtic’s below par performances.
Celtic’s 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock last month attracted more attention to his playing record but most supporters seemed to overlook his role at Ibrox and Pittodrie last season when he came on as a substitute and helped ten men through to crucial victories.
Every error can be magnified on social media with Hendry steering clear or notifications as he prepares to hold RB Salzburg at bay.
“When you have critics you must deal with it, and you have to take it on the chin,” Hendry told The Sun.
“Sometimes you will get criticised, other times you will get plaudits. People are entitled to say their bit, but you must deal with it in the right way.
“I just try to stay away from social media, I have other hobbies like movies, music and golf — more important things to do. I also look at my game because there is no harsher critic than myself.
“Once I am finished a game, I start looking at the next one.
“That’s more important than going on social media.
“It’s unnecessary for a footballer to look on social media, I felt ignoring it was the best thing to do.
“I wasn’t on it that much before I came to Celtic, and there is no real necessity to be on it.
“The opinions that matter most are the people around the team, the coaching staff and my team-mates.
“These days people are a few clicks away from giving an opinion, but most of it is irrelevant.
“The majority of the stuff on it is of no use to me.
“It can be good for keeping fans updated, but I think that’s as far as it goes. In the past players didn’t have to deal with social media, but I have come up in a generation where it happens.
“You can’t get dragged into it and be looking at certain stuff, because it distracts you away from what you should be focusing on, and doing on the pitch.
“You should be looking at games and thinking about opponents, rather than what other people think.”
With Filip Benkovic and Kris Ajer out injured Hendry has the chance to build up a partnership with Boyata.
Brendan Rodgers hasn’t wavered in his confidence in the former Dundee man who left Celtic as a 16-year-old to join Partick Thistle.
If Celtic can keep a clean sheet tonight it will be a massive step overcome although it might still be a while before Hendry’s online critics are won over.