Date: 9th October 2019 at 7:10am
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A leading Celtic twitter account has claimed that the abuse directed at Ryan Christie came from fake Celtic accounts.

After being sent off against Livingston on Sunday the midfielder closed down his twitter account which instantly created another news angle.

In England since the start of the season there has been a number of racist incidents on Twitter with Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury the latest to suffer folllowing Saturday’s match with Liverpool.

@Dbestseventy2 has picked up 24,000 followers on Twitter and has an expert grasp on how the social media site operates.

While Christie isn’t going to sit down and take a closer look at each account that has abused him a little detective work can uncover a lot.

Looking at the followers of a Twitter account is the easiest tell-tale sign, most Celtic accounts are predominately followed by other supporters. They exchange comments, share pictures and discuss topical events.

After the win over Cluj fans rushed to share their thoughts on the match, many published pictures taken from their seats inside Celtic Park.

Those fans/accounts understand how upset Christie would be at getting sent off, and realise the huge contribution that he has already made this season.

Almost all of the accounts that targeted Christie with abuse were quiet after the Cluj match, personal pictures and upbeat comments about Celtic are notable for their absence.

Any real fan abusing Christie online would quickly be pulled in by their own followers. When the midfielder returns to the team to play Lazio he’ll experience the warmth and backing of real life Celtic supporters, not the fake news specialists.