Ryan Christie photo puts Derek McInnes' Celtic claim to bed

By David Walton

April 16, 2019

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes made several eyebrow-raising comments after Sunday, but at least one can be dismissed.

The Dons manager spoke after their 3-0 humiliation from Celtic and stated that Dominic Ball was unlucky to be sent off. The Englishman clashed heads with Ryan Christie mid-way through the first half. It was a nasty one, but it was clearly looking like Christie was the favourite to get to the ball.

Despite that, Ball still went carelessly crashing in with his head. It ended with Christie being attended to by the Hoops medical staff before being taken off for Tom Rogic.

Dominic Ball went crashing into Ryan Christie carelessly (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And, after Christie’s reveal of the damage last night, it’s safe to say McInnes was, unsurprisingly, in the wrong. You can see the gruesome damage to Christie’s eye by clicking here.

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In the image, Christie has clearly done some real damage to his eye socket. The bruising above the eye stands out, and it looks as though the attacker can barely even open it either.

McInnes needs to be smarter than that

To try and defend the challenge from Ball at the time looked odd enough. He clearly went crashing into the Celtic man in a late challenge. It was clearly a second yellow card, and Ball deserved to walk for it.

Yet McInnes didn’t seem too concerned post-match about the injury. Instead, he only wanted to moan about the fact his man was sent off and how it changed the game.

Derek McInnes’ post-match comments lacked some class (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Not for the first time, McInnes came across as bitter after yet another defeat off Celtic at Hampden. This is something McInnes is starting to specialise in. If it’s starting to eat away at him, that would hardly be a surprise.

But he has to be smarter and classier than that in the long-run. His man had committed what could easily have been a more serious injury than Christie actually received. It was dangerous and reckless, and McInnes’ comments come across as poor.

Fortunately, the team who wanted to kick the other off the park are out of the tournament. As for Christie, he’ll hopefully be able to return before our next visit to Hampden on May 25th against Hearts.