The Hoops midfielder was given the punishment for violent conduct following an altercation with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in the Gers’ 2-1 victory over December 29, meaning Christie is banned from playing in either the Scottish Cup tie with Partick Thistle on January 18 or the Premiership clash with Kilmarnock four days later.
Ironically, Christie suffered a groin injury in the Rangers clash and will be injured for both matches anyway but the Celtic board have seen fit to issue a message expressing their disappointment anyhow.
Via the official Celtic website, the statement read: ‘Celtic Football Club and Ryan Christie are extremely disappointed at the outcome of the hearing today.
‘Given the recent treatment of Celtic players and the lack of sanctions being imposed on those responsible, the fact that a sanction has been imposed on Ryan for the incident in question demonstrates a worrying lack of consistency in the Scottish FA fast track process.
‘Naturally, we will be contacting the Scottish FA regarding our concerns. Scottish football deserves a disciplinary process which is fair, consistent and fit for purpose.’
Christie is currently with the rest of his team-mates in Dubai for warm-weather training – but what do you think of the incident, and Celtic’s statement reacting to this evening’s verdict?
Let us know in the comments section below…