Contrasting Christie when he’s moved right


That’s five consecutive wins after the post-isolation debacle in January but Aberdeen have never come closer to scoring in their six games without a goal than at Celtic Park last night.  The game was decided by the excellent 30-yard strike from David Turnbull that found the corner of the net and the almost-as-good shot from Aberdeen’s Kamberi that struck the post.

Celtic mastered the opening 30 minutes as Aberdeen were content to sit off, but there was no fluidity to our passing from the moment the visitors pressed.  This run of wins is as much as we can ask of the team right now, but it was far from reassuring.

I don’t think I have seen as big a contrast in a player’s performance when he switches positions than that of Ryan Christie, who looks like a £20m player in the No. 10 role and appears anonymous on the right.  For a whole raft of reasons, it is right to retain David Turnbull in the 10 role, but Ryan needs to do his work in the middle of the field.  When he stops deputising for injured James Forrest he should be cover for Turnbull or Neil needs to find him a deeper role.

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  1. Does anyone actually know, and able to post a link to, the rule about what does and does not constitute a handball offence?

  2. Welsh handball was not a penalty…


    Alan Muir has previous when it comes to handball in the penalty area…

  3. Ryan Christie will be 26 years old next Monday. He should really have developed some of his youthful excesses by now – better decision-making, ill-discipline positionally but still offers us a helluva lot.



    Entering last year of his contract next season – he either makes a move or sees his best years with us developing the downside of his game and being a Scotland regular.



    As a buddy of Stuart Armstrong anf Kieran Tierney I expect he’ll move.



    Ergo, drop him and play Euan Henderson instead :)




  4. Or should I say, Alan Muir has previous when it comes to MISSING handball in the penalty area…

  5. Ernie:


    It is an offence if a player:



    deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, including moving the hand/arm towards the ball


    scores in the opponents’ goal directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper


    after the ball has touched their or a team-mate’s hand/arm, even if accidental, immediately:


    scores in the opponents’ goal


    creates a goal-scoring opportunity


    touches the ball with their hand/arm when:


    the hand/arm has made their body unnaturally bigger


    the hand/arm is above/beyond their shoulder level (unless the player deliberately plays the ball which then touches their hand/arm


    The above offences apply even if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is close.



    Except for the above offences, it is not an offence if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm:



    directly from the player’s own head or body (including the foot)


    directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is close


    if the hand/arm is close to the body and does not make the body unnaturally bigger


    when a player falls and the hand/arm is between the body and the ground to support the body, but not extended laterally or vertically away from the body


    The goalkeeper has the same restrictions on handling the ball as any other player outside the penalty area. If the goalkeeper handles the ball inside their penalty area when not permitted to do so, an indirect free kick is awarded but there is no disciplinary sanction. However, if the offence is playing the ball a second time (with or without the hand/arm) after a restart before it touches another player, the goalkeeper must be sanctioned if the offence stops a promising attack or denies an opponent or the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

  6. ERNIE LYNCH on 18TH FEBRUARY 2021 12:06 PM


    Does anyone actually know, and able to post a link to, the rule about what does and does not constitute a handball offence?




    I would wager there is no current definitive ruling.


    In the EPL the referee and VAR will interpret individually.


    In Scotland it will depend on who is playing.




  7. Ryan Christie is a good player who will get his move…he has done well for us and his sale will bring in enough dosh to buy a suitable replacement…


    And possibly a heated driveway for the new CEO…

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  9. I’m sure we will get a few million for Christie.


    But £20m , I doubt that we will get anything near that.

  10. Christie is a bottom half of the EPL punt….a Burnley, Palace or Southampton sorta guy.



    £7/8m would be a market price but we should wait and see if he does something special during the Euros…




  11. lets all do the huddle on

    the outcome of last nights inconsistent refereeing was that we got a free kick we shouldnt have. and we didnt score from it anyway



    end of.



    it was never a penalty yet greetin faced mcinnes was screaming for one – and it was before the celtic free kick handball incident so he didnt even have the inconsistency arguement at the time when he was greetin

  12. One of our problems seems to be that Christie, Turnbull and McGregor are three of our best players


    but they are all better suited in the same central midfield berth. Add Rogic into that and it’s little wonder


    our forwards are getting precious little service from the flanks. So as fa as Christie leavig goes, spend any money a defender, we have endless midfield players and signed another one this week.

  13. The Star above The Crest on

    If someone offers £10m for Christie I’d bite their hand off. He’s had about 7-8 months of good play in his time with us yet seems to think he’s the new Dalglish. His insistence on trying to take every dead ball reminds me of Gary McAllister with Scotland. He was normally dreadful at them too. I’ve went right off Christie since his bubbling after Scotland qualified. I’m a fan of the Scottish national team but he seems to give more effort with them than he does with us.

  14. I think the Rogic Forrest link up on the right has been badly missing this year. I do think TR is better coming in from the right.



    I would prefer Turnbull playing in a slightly deeper role ,dare i say ala the Paul McStay role. Head of the diamond means he is often the furthest Celtic player. Better use of his skills opening up defences.

  15. The obvious lack of coaching with the creative players, position wise in a midfield/forward area,leaves us wide open to a counter attack, due to no team structure to defend these situations.

  16. Coneybhoy on 18th February 2021 7:27 am



    Thanks for that. Highlights never show the real story. Cheers.






    FrankTerry on 18th February 2021 7:41 am



    It’s terrifying. The ‘gent’ was quite literally saying the Texas problems wouldn’t happen if we drilled, drilled, drilled more. 






    garygillespieshamstring on 18th February 2021 9:01 am



    That was my take as well, a deliberate attempt to win a spot kick. 

  17. WBC



    Just old enough to have seen Big Billy,Wee Jinky and Kenny(tho Dixie was a bigger hero to me than Kenny for some reason) but the saddest ever i was when a player left was when Henrik left..def my fav player ever

  18. Looking forward to the end of Celtic 4 4 2 ‘diamond’ formation.



    Haven’t noticed any benefits yet especially when Ajeti plays as a partner with Eddy.



    Fresh eyes as well as new personnel needed, too many SPL sides easily counter the formation


    which ends up exposed. Even in this winning streak we end up hanging on, in the sieve.



    We need to change the squad not rotate it IMO

  19. Of course Muir didn’t see the penalty incident because he would have apologised to Mcinnes for missing an obvious penalty award!!!





  20. aipple



    Thanks for the link to the effort to land the latest explorer on Mars and will keep an eye on its’ progress later this evening. Was interested to read that ‘Perseverance’ will be searching ‘for signs of ancient life’.


    Wouldn’t it have been quicker and cheaper for NASA just to have a look in on CQN?

  21. I’d take the money for Ryan and buy a game-ready oppo for Turnbullet.


    Any money left over I’d build a statue for Fergus and one for Peter…


    ….both would be warm to the touch.




  22. lets all do the huddle on

    Thought Aberdeen’s big centre Fraser Hornby ran out of steam.




    needs to train harder

  23. The handball rule seems to vary slightly from country to country. In South America and La Liga for example, it seems that if it touches your hand, it’s handball – no exceptions.



    That’s why full-backs tend to put their arms in when the winger crosses and sometimes the player in possession will try to kick it up at the defender’s hands.



    I don’t like it for many reasons but it does get rid of the ambiguity we see here in the UK.

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