Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cyrus Christie responds to Derby fans who criticised him for 'best full-back' in the Championship comment

Cyrus Christie of Republic of Ireland during a pitchside press conference at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Cyrus Christie of Republic of Ireland during a pitchside press conference at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland right-back Cyrus Christie took to his Twitter account on Saturday to respond to criticism he received from Derby County fans after he said that he felt like he was one of the 'best full-backs in the Championship'.

Christie, who started 24 games for Derby last season despite spending three months on the sidelines with a broken foot, told reporters on Friday that he thinks that he's 'one of the best full-backs in that league, and that on his day, he thinks he is the best'.

Christie spoke of how he took a lot of inspiration from his uncle Errol Christie, who was one of the most prominent boxers in Britain in the 1980's, but his comment on his placing among the best full-backs in the Championship seemed to cause a stir with certain Rams fans.

Christie took exception to the criticism and accused Derby fans of glossing over the article and focusing on one particular comment regarding his placing among the Championship's best defenders.

In a lengthy note on Twitter, Christie said that it was easy for fans to criticise him and that they were unaware of his work ethic and personality.

Christie said: "Apologies for having some self belief astonishing to see so many of my own fans/supporters abuse me who clearly didn't want to read the article properly and brush over a lot of the positives that was said within it and just want to assume my attitude is bad and that I'm arrogant.

"Yet don't know me personally or see the effort and work I put in on a day to day basis and show the willingness to learn and get better.

"Not once have I stated I'm the finished article and am far from being that and have a lot to do and work on."

Christie is one of nine defenders in Martin O'Neill's squad for Sunday's friendly with Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium, with the 24-year-old expected to slot in at right-back in place of injured Ireland captain Seamus Coleman, who continues to recover from a fractured tibia and fibula he suffered in the 0-0 draw with Wales back in March.

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