CELTIC have hit back at the SFA after they banned Ryan Christie for three games following his incident with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos at Parkhead last month.

The champions have accused the powers-that-be of a “worrying lack of consistency” after their decision to suspend the Hoops playmaker.

Christie clashed with Morelos and appeared to catch him in a sensitive area during Neil Lennon’s team’s  2-1 loss last month.

The tussle took place right in front of referee Kevin Clancy who awarded the visitors a free-kick for the infringement without a word of caution to the offender.

The Hoops were astounded to learn the club and the player had been served with a notice of complaint for the infringement from SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte.

They were even more amazed yesterday when the Scotland international copped a two-match ban and a further one-game punishment with his red card against Livingston in October also taken into account.

Assistant boss John Kennedy, as reported in Scotzine yesterday, spoke about the incident before the sentencing and labelled the charge as “crazy”.

However, Christie will now miss the Scottish Cup-tie against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday, January 18, the midweek Premiership visit to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock and the following home encounter against Ross County.

The champions issued a statement. It read: “Celtic Football Club and Ryan Christie are extremely disappointed at the outcome of the hearing today.

“Given the recent treatment of Celtic players and the lack of sanctions being imposed on those responsible, the fact that a sanction has been imposed on Ryan for the incident in question demonstrates a worrying lack of consistency in the Scottish FA fast track process.

“Naturally, we will be contacting the Scottish FA regarding our concerns. Scottish football deserves a disciplinary process which is fair, consistent and fit for purpose.”



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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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