RYAN CHRISTIE acknowledges these are “scary times” for everyone on the planet, but admits there is a genuine sense of camaraderie in the community.

The Celtic playmaker was coming back to form after a false start to 2020 when he was forced to sit out the first three games as he served the nonsensical suspension from the SFA after his incident with Alfredo Morelos at Parkhead in December.

Now the 25-year-old Scotland international is back in cold storage with football in lockdown for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christie is desperate to get back into the thick of the action for club and country, but accepts the unprecedented worldwide situation and endorses the sentiments of manager Neil Lennon and skipper Scott Brown.

The smooth midfield ace, speaking to the club website, said: “To echo the manager, Broony, and the feeling of all the boys and everyone involved at the club, we just want everyone to keep being safe. The more we can listen to the advice of the government and health officials, then the sooner it’ll all be over. If we dig in, we’ll get through it soon enough.

“Everyone is in isolation at the moment. Maybe you’re on your own, or living with family or friends, but while everyone is on their own, it’s a weird feeling, because there is a real sense of togetherness, as well.

“These are uncertain and scary times, but when you’re watching the news, you do have a sense that everybody in the country is watching the screen at the same time.

“There is a strange unity to it all, I suppose. So, as long as everyone is staying safe, keeping in touch with each other and checking in, then I’m sure we can get through it.”

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