ABERDEEN’S Ryan Christie, described by Derek mcInnes as his best player this season, had to sit in the main stand at Pittodrie on Wednesday and watch his parent club Celtic put on a masterclass to comprehensively defeat the Dons by 3-0. And it could easily have been more.

The rule that a player loaned out cannot play against his parent club really does need to be looked at. last December Celtic’s goalscorer at Manchester City in the Champions League in the 1-1 draw was Patrick Roberts, himself a City player on loan to the Scottish Champions.

If the rule in the Champions League is that if you loan them out they can play against you seems better.

Why should the Aberdeen season ticket holders be denied seeing their best player in their biggest game of the season so far?

Surely it is a better advertisement for the Scottish game, with a national audience watching courtesy of the excellent coverage on BT Sport, for the best possible players to be on the pitch and not left kicking their heels in the stand? If they are injured or suspended that is fine but to have an SPFL rule that prevents players playing then that seems self-defeating.

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If the parent club wanted the player for that season, or part of the season, they wouldn’t have loaned him out!

Christie should have played. Anyway rant over!

Aberdeen’s best player yesterday spoke to the RedMatchday Editor ahead of today’s match at Pittodrie against Ross County and yes, he is available for selection!

Referring back to Wednesday night’s defeat to Celtic Christie had this to say:

“There was a lot of disappointment after the full-time whistle on Wednesday in the dressing room but everyone is back to normal today and really looking forward to the match on Saturday. It is another big game in front of our own fans.

“It has been a bit frustrating for me recently as there has not been many games. I enjoy playing games back to back. I love playing football. Maybe it is because I am younger! If you win a game, you have some momentum and if you have a negative result you are desperate to get back on the park and change it.

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“It has been quite stop start recently but it has been important to keep myself ticking over and making sure I am training well. Hopefully I will be back in amongst it at the weekend.

“You look at the fixtures and November is a bit the same and then December is a lot busier. From the start of the month till the end so much can happen. It is going to be a key month. There are a lot of fixtures. You can really get some momentum and hopefully put yourself into a good place for coming back after the winter break.

“So despite the defeat the other night there is so much to look forward to over the coming months.

“With the defeat on Wednesday some people will say it will stop the momentum but I don’t think it will. We have more than enough ability to get another run going. So I have really enjoyed being part of what we have done so far.

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“It is not just the fans, all the players are desperate to get back to winning ways.

“I enjoyed playing Ross County when I was at Inverness, especially in Dingwall. I am not actually sure how many Highland derbies I have played in. I think it was four or five and the results were quite even if I remember correctly. Coming from Inverness there is still a bit of rivalry there!

“I remember when Ross County got promoted to the Premiership, I think it was the first time the two teams were in the top league, certainly it was the first time they had faced each other for a while and those games were highly anticipated. It was really good for football in the area.”


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