Frank McAvennie “cannot understand” why Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie was ineligible to play against Rangers when Kieran Tierney played for Arsenal.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the decision to not let Christie, 25, play in the Old Firm is “so messed up”.

The midfielder missed the 2-0 loss to Rangers on Saturday as a result of Covid-19 and remains a doubt for Thursday’s Europa League tie against AC Milan.

 

Christie had to remain in self-isolation despite Scotland teammate Kieran Tierney being allowed to play for against Manchester City after both were identified as close contacts of Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for the virus while on international duty.

The decision angered Hoops boss Neil Lennon who wanted answers as to why Christie was refused the right to play.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Christie’s unavailability, McAvennie said: “It just shows you that the country is so messed up.

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“I cannot understand how Ryan cannot play and Kieran could. It baffles me but to be honest.

“I do not know if Ryan would have made much difference though. The way Celtic played at the weekend, they were awful.

“Take nothing away from Rangers because they have done it again. They have the measure of Celtic.”

Speaking on the matter, Lennon said: “We want answers to some questions and I am sure our supporters will be the same.

“You can’t have one allowed to play and one not, so we are confused as to how this has come about.”

In other news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are working on a cut-price deal for defender ahead of January.