Jackie McNamara has revealed that Ryan Christie’s dad says the Celtic star’s red card against Livingston was just a mistake and there was nothing malicious in the tackle.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland defender says that the most frustrating thing about the 24-year-old’s red card is the fact he will now miss two games after the international break, having established himself as a mainstay under Neil Lennon.
Christie was handed his marching orders against Livingston for a reckless challenge on Scott Robinson, the 10 men of Celtic going on to lose 2-0 for their first league defeat of the season.
McNamara says that the player’s dad insists there was no red mist from his son on Sunday afternoon and that it was nothing more than a lunging tackle which was mistimed.
Asked about the red card, McNamara told Football Insider: “I was talking to his dad the other night and he said it was just a mistake. It’s not in his locker, it was out of character.
“He paid the price for it and with the red card, he’s going to miss two games after that. It’s not just the most recent game, it’s the fallout from missing the other ones. A bit of a frustrating day all round.”
Christie has been one of Celtic’s most important players this season, operating as an attacking midfielder who can link the midfield to the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths up front.
He has also proven himself as a threat to the opposition’s goal himself, with 11 goals to add to his five assists in 19 appearances across all competitions.