Christie’s Ball Grab Charge – ‘To accuse him of trying to grab him by the genitals is crazy,’ says Celtic Assistant boss

CELTIC Assistant Manager John Kennedy reckons that the Scottish FA are crazy to have cited Ryan Christie after the incident involving controversial figure Alfredo Morelos and the Celtic midfielder in the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park on 29 December last year.

Referee Kevin Clancy took no action but the Compliance Officer did although she has been strangely silent on a number of much more serious and high profile incidents in that game including one player from the Rangers, Ryan Keny, running towards Celtic Supporters and threatening to shoot their brains out while the aforementioned Morelos after receiving a red card for cheating, threatened to slit Celtic Supporters throats.

Speaking from Dubai where the Celtic training camp is now underway, see below, Kennedy gave his own thoughts on the incident involving Morelos and Christie.

“I didn’t know about it until later when somebody told me. I find it very surprising. The incident itself? I have seen these situations before,” Kennedy told the Media, as reported by Scottish Sun.

“What they are trying to accuse him of if you are static in the box at a corner kick and are marking somebody and you do a fly one. But to be involved in the game and somebody goes by you, to accuse him of trying to grab him by the genitals is crazy.

“Ryan is not that type of player for a start. He has genuinely gone in and he goes by him. What naturally happens is you try to grab something. It just so happens that it was what it was.”

Ryan Christie will discover his fate today, with Celtic determined to defend the player. He is facing a two match ban if the hearing goes against him, although he is the one who had to have an emergency procedure done on his groin after the Glasgow Derby amid rumours that there was a further coming together between the two players in the tunnel after the match.

John Kennedy has also been asked about this and we’ll report on that next on The Celtic Star…


Celtic arrive in Dubai – First Pictures, Jozo’s back, a rare Shved sighting and Scotty Sinclair’s there…see HERE.

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