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File photo dated 01-12-2019 of Celtic' Ryan Christie. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 26, 2020. Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie believes a united effort can help defeat the coronavirus threat. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

File photo dated 01-12-2019 of Celtic' Ryan Christie. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 26, 2020. Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie believes a united effort can help defeat the coronavirus threat. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

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File photo dated 01-12-2019 of Celtic' Ryan Christie. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 26, 2020. Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie believes a united effort can help defeat the coronavirus threat. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

Celtic playmaker Ryan Christie believes a united effort can help defeat the coronavirus threat.

The Hoops midfielder has joined the band of major figures from across football pleading with the public to stay at home and slow the spread of the disease.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon and skipper Scott Brown have made similar appeals and Christie has urged the public to dig in and defeat the virus.

He said: "To echo the manager, Broony, and the feeling of 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," continued Christie.

"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."