Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie is said to be feeling “flat” after his red card in the Hoops’ 0-2 defeat at Livingston on Sunday.
Scotland coach Steven Reid, who has subsequently met with the 24-year-old in national team training ahead of their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, told the Daily Record that Christie was still feeling downbeat after the red card, but backed him to use it as a positive motivator.
Reid said: “Obviously he is flat after the result and the red card. I have been there myself, been sent off many times so I have that ability to relate to that.
“But in a strange way he will be wanting to get back on the pitch as soon as possible, not to make up for it but to show what he can do, hopefully get rid of that disappointment and put in a couple of decent performances if he gets the opportunity.” [via Daily Record]
Christie left referee Willie Collum with little choice but to send him off against Livingston after he lunged in high on Scott Robinson, a reckless challenge which left the Hoops a man short for more than an hour of the game. [via Sky Sports]
The attacking midfielder will now face a domestic suspension, but at least that would leave him very fresh for Celtic’s next Europa League match against Lazio on October 24th.
What made the ferocity of the tackle rather surprising is that Christie does not have a track record as an undisciplined player. While that is his fourth red card in 203 club appearances, it was the first time that he was shown a straight red – his other three dismissals were all the result of two bookable offences. [via TransferMarkt]
Indeed, since the start of last season, he has only been booked five times in 57 appearances, which is not the track record of a player with evident disciplinary issues.
It is understandable that Christie may feel as if he has let his team-mates and manager down after Sunday, but Reid is justified in believing that the Celtic man can put it behind him quickly.
The midfielder has hit an impressive tally of 11 goals this season, scoring in three consecutive appearances at the end of September, and is the team’s top scorer so far in 2019/20.
Christie can use the upcoming Scotland games to banish the memories of that red card and resume making an impact in a positive way at Celtic.
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