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.
He’ll be missing for the Scottish Cup derby against Partick Thistle as well as the subsequent league matches against Kilmarnock and Ross County.
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.
@ClydeSSB it's an absolute disgrace of a decision. What's the difference between Morelos on Christie at ibrox to this incident at Celtic park ?
— Joseph (@josephduffy81) January 6, 2020
@ClydeSSB absolute joke of a decision for the outcome for Ryan Christie due to severe lack of consistency and at no point was that intentional
— Pablo Logue (@Pablobhoy88) January 6, 2020
Christie two match ban is nothing short of a joke our team are constantly the ones who seem to get these punishments and the other lot walk free every time..it’s time our big boys in boardroom stood up and laid down the law to SFA and not roll over and accept this nonsense
— brian mccann 1888 (@briancfc1967) January 6, 2020
3 match ban for Christie is pathetic. Honestly doesn’t make sense how they can give one thing and not the other
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) January 6, 2020
So let me get this straight Ryan Christie was banned for 2 games (3 in total) because the referee missed it.
Morelos did exactly the same thing last season and no action was taken because the referee seen it.🤯
— Tam sellics son III (@TamsellicsonIII) January 6, 2020
Embarrassing if Christie gets a ban , no consistency at all from the sfa seen a lot worse go unpunished
— Connor Wyllie (@connor_wyllie) January 6, 2020
That Christie ban is a joke considering things that have happened that have been let go. SFA are 1 trillion percent not fit for purpose. Probs as usual tho our board will keep the mouths quiet
— Elliot Woods (@ELL_1889) January 6, 2020
Not in the least but surprised Christie was banned. Time for Rogic and Ntcham to really step up now.
— Marty Vanucci (@martydeila) January 6, 2020
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.