Celtic’s hopes of playing Ryan Christie in this afternoon’s Glasgow derby came to an end on Friday evening. The Scottish Government said that he wasn’t allowed to feature against Rangers.
Even though Kieran Tierney, who went through the same isolation protocols as Christie can feature for Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend, Christie can’t play for Celtic.
The Scottish Sun gave the reason why, quoting a Scottish Government spokesman: “Our national guidance in Scotland is clear – if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you will be asked to self-isolate immediately for 14 days”.
Unfair that former teammate can play this weekend
That is fair enough, but it doesn’t really explain why close contact Tierney can play this weekend and Christie can’t. That seems to be a bit unfair, that sense of injustice could motivate Celtic for the Glasgow derby. Win the game for their teammate who will be watching at home.
Neil Lennon gave an insight into how the player was feeling about the situation. Those comments could really motivate Celtic’s players.
“We have had no clarification. If anything, we have just been met with complete resistance. Ryan was devastated. He is negative and has been for the last week to 10 days” Lennon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Hoops boss could mention player prior to game
That ‘resistance’ Lennon talks about could be part of his team talk to the Celtic players ahead of the game in the dressing room.
He could mention how Celtic couldn’t feature one of the team’s most important players through no fault of the club, or the player himself.
A win could really boost Christie at what must be a frustrating point of his football career. If he missed a game through injury or suspension fine, but being in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19? That must be very annoying for him.
Still, throughout the years Celtic have been motivated a sense of injustice plenty of times. This could be just another example of that, Win the game for Ryan, Bhoys.