Ryan Christie has been interviewed by the daily newspapers with Celtic issues off the menu.
On Sunday the midfielder was sent off during Celtic’s 2-0 defeat at Livingston then created further headlines when he closed down his Twitter account.
After the match at Livingston Christie reported for Scotland duty with Steve Clarke’s assistant, Steven Reid happy to discuss the red card when he met the written media on Monday.
The Daily Record reported:
I’m sure he wants to make it up to the team. In a way, the way he trained this morning, the two games we’ve got coming up, it might give him an edge to do the business for us. It was a forwards’ challenge if you like. Heat of the moment. It was out of character but these things happen. He was able to train today and hopefully it gives him that little edge this week.
During international duty there is a balance to be struck with the focus on Scotland with the interview normally touching on the players’ form and how things are at club level.
Oli Burke spoke extensively about his move to Alaves in Wednesday’s papers but today’s interviews with Christie completely avoid any reference to matters at his club. In interviews with the Evening Times and The Sun there is no mention of Celtic matters. Tge online edition of the Daily Record doesn’t cover the Chrustie interview, perhaps they weren’t happy with the restrictions.
Later today the SFA will publish details of Christie’s suspension which is expected to be for two matches.
Scotland face Russia tonight in Moscow before taking on San Marino at Hampden on Sunday with virtually no hope of moving from fifth place to second in the group with Clarke effectively preparing for Nations League qualifiers in the spring.