The Celtic supporters aren’t happy after watching Kieran Tierney play 90 minutes for Arsenal against Manchester City last night.

Both Tierney and Celtic’s Ryan Christie were deemed to be close contacts of Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong on international duty. Therefore, after Armstrong tested positive for the virus, both Christie and Tierney were to isolate for 14 days.

Kieran Tierney vs Man City

Kieran Tierney vs Man City (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

That meant that they would both miss their respective clubs’ meetings with Rangers and Man City respectively. Except that didn’t happen. Christie was forced to miss the Rangers game, but Tierney was allowed to play the entire duration of Arsenal’s Premier League match in Manchester.

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The Daily Record reported that this was down to Arsenal managing to persuade the English authorities whilst Celtic were rebuffed by their Scottish counterparts. And that hasn’t gone down too well with furious supporters after our 2-0 derby defeat yesterday:

 

The logic makes no sense

Let’s get this out of the way – nobody is saying that playing Christie would’ve won us the game. That would be going unnecessarily over the top.

However, the logic behind this decision from the Scottish government makes absolutely no sense. If Tierney was supposed to be self-isolating in Scotland, why on earth was he allowed to travel back down to England during that same isolation period? Leaving your area of residence isn’t allowed when having to self-isolate.

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It’s also not as if the situation in England is any better than what it is in Scotland. The two governments should be focusing on a way to make equal decisions when it comes to sport. That couldn’t be further from what happened with Tierney and Christie.

Celtic's Ryan Christie in action

Celtic’s Ryan Christie in action / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic yesterday accumulated zero shots on target. Had Christie played, he almost certainly would’ve changed that stat at least. He wouldn’t have won us the game on his own, but he would’ve been a fine option to have.

The Scottish government needs to give Celtic some answers here. Not just because of yesterday, but because of where we may stand further down the line should this happen again.

For now, we just need to crack on with things and try to bounce back against AC Milan on Thursday night. But there’s something about this Christie saga that just doesn’t sit right.

In other news, we take a look at the only crumb of comfort from yesterday.

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