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DOUBLE BAN FOR CHRISTIE

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RYAN CHRISTIE will miss returning to face his old Aberdeen team-mates at Pittodrie after copping a two-game ban following his red card in Celtic 2-0 loss at Livingston yesterday.

The playmaker was banished in the 25th minute after a lunge at Scott Robinson which was deemed high and dangerous by referee Willie Collum.

Christie, ordered off for the first time in his career, left the match official with no choice following a totally uncharacteristic challenge.

His action was not defended by either manager Neil Lennon or skipper Scott Brown who believed the whistler got the decision right although the Hoops veteran believed Livi’s Keaghan Jacobs should have been similarly treated later in the contest with Gary Holt’s men coasting with goals from Robinson and Lyndon Dykes.

GOING…Scott Robinson hurdles Ryan Christie’s challenge.

GOING…Christie explains his actions to Steven Lawless while Robinson gets treatment. 

GONE…Christie heads up the Livi tunnel.

Christie, the champions’ top scorer with 11 goals and one of their key men, will sit out the game against Ross County at Parkhead on Saturday October 19 and the game against the Dons eight days later.

The Highlander spent 18 months on loan with Derek McInnes’ side before ex-Hoops gaffer Brendan Rodgers handed him a contract extension a year ago.

After Hoops boss Lennon admitted he had “no argument” about the red card, captain Brown called for more consistency from the referee after Jonny Hayes was felled late in the game.

The 34-year-old former Scotland international, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I saw the late tackle over on the far side and it was a two-footed lunge, as well.

“At that time the game had gone, but you’ve got to be consistent.

“Ryan was not trying to hurt anybody. It’s not in his nature, he is a great lad, very honest and works as hard as anybody does in training.

“We should have tried to dig him out a little bit more because of how well he has done for us this season.

“It wasn’t to be and it wasn’t the best team performance.

”It was always going to be hard, but we’ve won with 10 men before.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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