Ryan Christie will miss Celtic’s first three games of 2020 after being banned following an incident with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos last week.

The SFA dished out a two game suspension to the Scotland midfielder for “violent conduct” as reported by STV. However the attacker, who’s not fully fit at present, will miss a third game due to an earlier suspension picked up this season following a red card at Livingston.

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He’ll be missing for the Scottish Cup derby against Partick Thistle as well as the subsequent league matches against Kilmarnock and Ross County.

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What are the fans saying?

As would maybe be expected, news of Christie’s suspension hasn’t gone down too well with the Celtic support. The incident as a whole seemed pretty innocuous and a yellow card would probably have sufficed.

The sentence dished out to the former Inverness man seems pretty harsh on the fact of things, and many of the Hoops faithful took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the lack of consistency surrounding decision.

 

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The lack of consistency

The main point of contention from the Celtic support is the fact that Morelos got off with a virtually identical incident in the same fixture last season. Ironically, it was he who grabbed Christie’s private parts a year ago but he got off without any punishment following a similar SFA investigation.

Nothing frustrates football fans more than a lack of consistency and this incident just goes to highlight that. We will simply have to get on with the games without Christie. However, the SFA have set a dangerous precedent with this decision. One that they went strongly against this time last year.

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