Celtic are hopeful that midfielder Ryan Christie will be granted last-minute permission to face Rangers in Saturday’s Glasgow derby, the Daily Record reports.
As it stands, Christie will not take part in the game. He is currently self-isolating after being named as a close contact to Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for Covid-19. That was over a week ago, as Armstrong was diagnosed on Scotland duty.
However, Celtic are closely monitoring events involving Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney. That is in the hope that Christie can get permission to play in the derby.
Former Celt in same situation as current player
Tierney is in the same situation as Christie, he was named as a close contact to Armstrong. Should Arsenal get permission for Tierney to play this weekend, Celtic believe that Christie should be permitted to play, the Daily Record report goes on.
“We are still having some discussions with the authorities” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told talkSPORT regarding Tierney’s chances of playing for Arsenal this weekend.
Indeed, there is even a quote from a Celtic ‘source’ in the report. “We are watching the situation with Kieran and Arsenal very closely…if Arsenal are given permission for him to play on Saturday then it would be difficult to understand why the same would not apply to Ryan” the source said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
It would be a huge boost for Celtic if Christie was given last-minute permission to play in the game. For the last week, everyone has been under the impression that he won’t be able to take part in the game.
Huge boost if player gets permission to play
If the player, who has scored 35 goals for Celtic, gets the go ahead to feature in the match, it would be a massive fillip for the squad. It would also be a big boost for the Hoops support.
It would give a depleted Celtic team – which is already without Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed – another option. Christie would no doubt be eager to take his frustrations of the last week out on the pitch.
We shall no doubt find out later on today if Christie will be able to take on the Ibrox side. All eyes will be on Neil Lennon’s press conference, as he will no doubt be commenting on the situation.