Celtic star Ryan Christie to self-isolate for 14 days; will miss Rangers game

By David Walton

October 7, 2020

Celtic star Ryan Christie has become the second Hoops player in as many days to be forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with a Covid-infected team-mate.

The SFA have announced that Scotland midfielder and ex Hoops star Stuart Armstrong has been struck with the disease after returning a positive test whilst on international duty.

Ryan Christie will miss Celtic’s game against Rangers (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As part of the statement, the SFA have confirmed that Christie will also need to self-isolate for 14 days after being identified as one of Armstrong’s close contacts.

Unfortunately, that also rules Christie out of the upcoming Glasgow derby between Celtic and Rangers at Parkhead. He could be joined by Odsonne Edouard, who is only able to return to the country on October 16th after he returned a positive test in France (STV).

Hopefully no health scares for Ryan

First off, we want to send our best to former invincible Armstrong whilst also expressing our hopes that Ryan doesn’t find himself with the virus during his isolation period.

In a football sense, this is a massive blow for Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Already likely to be without his number one striker, he’s now set to be without his first-choice number 10 too.

The Celtic boss will now have to find a suitable replacement, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Tom Rogic both available to play in Christie’s favoured position if selected.

Ryan Christie with Scotland (Photo by Lukas Kabon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Considering the swift nature of these recent blows to the club however, it already feels as if the international break is turning into a shambles. There’s no guarantee that the Covid concerns will stop there, and Lennon will know himself that he can’t afford to suffer many more blows.

Christie will, as things stand, be able to face AC Milan in our first Europa League group stage match on October 22nd. However, his self-isolation period will only end a day before the Serie A giants visit Parkhead – making him very doubtful due to a lack of game-preparation.

As always, we’ll keep you updated with any further news on this one and other virus developments that affect Celtic.