STUNNED Ryan Christie was ordered to leave Parkhead last night – DURING his post-match interview.
The Celtic midfielder had to cut short his thoughts on the team’s shock 2-0 Betfred League Cup loss to Ross County to escape the angry mob gathering outside the ground.
Furious fans descended on Parkhead to vent their anger and hurl abuse while calling for the sacking of manager of Neil Lennon and the resignation of the board, which prompted a statement from the club, as CQNreported earlier today.
Sky Sports reporter Luke Shanley has revealed Christie’s interview was only three questions in before it was called to an abrupt halt to make sure he was able to leave the stadium.
The satellite TV presenter, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Crowds began to gather just after the full-time whistle and they were singing against Neil Lennon and also against the board.
“When Neil Lennon walked in for his media conference, you could hear those chants it was very audible in the press conference room.
“Neil Lennon was saying that he still feels it’s too early to push the button in terms of the board sacking him.
“He still feels he can get more from this team and that he can turn it around.
“But that didn’t stop the fans turning up here – no social distancing.
“There were about a dozen police vans here to try and keep order, the fans weren’t happy.
“When Ryan Christie came in for is post-match media conference it only got as far as three questions in before he was asked to leave, to get away to make sure he got out of the building.
“So that was very interesting, as well. That just tells you the anger. Remember, Celtic have gone 35 domestic Cup-ties unbeaten, they had been trying to get 36.
“Well, this is Glasgow, that’s not good enough, despite a 35-match unbeaten run in the Cups.
“Remember, Celtic have only won two of their last 10 games they’ve been on a poor run of late.
“So, that’s been very difficult for the fans to take, certainly this season when they are trying to get 10 in a row.
“They’re behind in the league table, they’re out of Europa already, so that’s why they turned up here to voice their anger.
“But Neil Lennon, a man who was a manager here in the past in his first spell, he feels that can still turn it around.
“But I don’t know if that will be enough to appease the fans before they play their next game against AC Milan in Europe this week.”
The Europa League tie in the San Siro is now meaningless, but the champions have a crucial Premiership encounter with St Johnstone in Glasgow where three points are an absolute must on Sunday.
The next league test is against Kilmarnock a week later – again at Parkhead – before the holders face Harts in the delayed Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on December 20.