CELTIC have received mixed news about midfielder Ryan Christie who was in the wars during the club’s 2-1 loss to Rangers at Parkhead at the weekend.
The Scotland international, who missed a penalty-kick in the team’s first domestic defeat of the season, had to undergo an emergency groin operation only hours after the final whistle.
It looked as though the influential playmaker may be sidelined for an indefinite period, but the Hoops have been told he will be back sooner than anticipated.
However, the Hoops were “astonished” to learn Christie had been served with a notice of complaint from the SFA following an incident with Alfredo Morelos, who was later red-carded.
The player has been charged with allegedly grabbing his opponent’s groin area in the second-half. Referee Kevin Clancy, who had earlier booked the Highlander, awarded a foul, but took no further action.
The sanction for breaching rule 200, A2 is a two-game ban and Christie’s hearing is due for Monday, January 6.
JOY BHOYS…Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate a goal.
Disciplinary Rule 200 is: “Where any one of the sending off offences of (A1) serious foul play, (A2) violent conduct, and (A3) spitting at an opponent or any other person is committed by a player at a match, but that sending off offence was not seen by any of the match officials at the time that it was committed, the mandatory suspension for that sending off offence as provided for in Annex C of the Judicial Panel Protocol shall be applied to the player.”
Celtic revealed they would be giving their player every backing and said in a statement: “We are absolutely astonished at this decision. Clearly we will defend Ryan vigorously.”
Christie’s case is fast-track and there is no specific time limit on reviewing any other potential disciplinary incidents.
Neil Lennon’s side do not play again until they face Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup at Firhill on January 18 and, if found guilty, the Hoops ace would miss that encounter and the Premiership match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
UP IN THE AIR…Ryan Christie in action.
Medics have revealed Christie could be back in action before the end of January – if he is not banned.
He was taken to hospital after the game against Gers and sparked fears the 18-goal man could sit out a large stretch of domestic action, the Europa League matches against FC Copenhagen and also Scotland’s crunch Euro 2020 play-offs in March.
However, it appears the injury isn’t as serious as was first thought and Christie could be ready for action sooner than anticipated.
Now he and the club face a wait to see if he cops a suspension.
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