CELTIC have confirmed that they will be opening dialogue with the health authorities following the news that Ryan Christie would have to isolate as a result of close contact with a positive case from Stuart Armstrong. In a statement released tonight, the club confirmed talks would be held as Christie admitted his disappointment due to the ramifications that isolation would bring for Celtic and Scotland.
“I am so disappointed by the events of today and the potential effects this could have on my country and club. As I have operated within these protocols for such a long time now, I am well aware of all the rules and social distancing from team mates has become the norm and something I have observed.
“The situation is very frustrating, particularly as I don’t believe I have done anything wrong.”
Earlier this evening, Arsenal voiced their dismay at NHS Lothian’s decision to order Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie to isolate, saying that the player was observing and adhering to the correct protocols so should therefore be exempt.
This is the second case of a Celtic player missing a club game whilst on international duty and begs the question why UEFA allowed games to take place. The Scottish Champions were rocked with the news that Odsonne Edouard had tested positive and would be unable to play in the October 17 fixture versus Rangers.
With Christie set to miss the match, Tom Rogic, Olivier Ntcham and David Turnbull will be relishing the chance to start against Rangers in the Highlanders absence.