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Lennon wants answer to Christie Covid crux


Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Photo: PA

Neil Lennon says Celtic will want answers if Ryan Christie (right) is absent from today’s Old Firm match (Live Sky Sports 12.30) while fellow self-isolator Kieran Tierney plays for Arsenal.

The Hoops midfielder and the Gunners defender missed Scotland’s recent triple-header after being in close contact with Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for Covid-19.

Ahead of the visit of Rangers, the Parkhead boss claimed Celtic were told that Tierney, also told to self-isolate for 14 days, will be available to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Lennon also revealed Odsonne Edouard will be assessed after recovering from Covid-19, which was confirmed while on international duty with France Under-21s.

“Our medical department have spoken to the (Arsenal) club doctor and they have been given the all-clear for Kieran to go ahead,” Lennon said.

“Everything is devolved up here and what we have been told is that in this jurisdiction, Ryan can’t be available to play, which we find strange.

“Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) and the board have been pushing this since day one and we have had no clarification.

“Ryan was devastated. They felt they followed procedures and he is probably guilty by association but he has had two tests with us, both negative.

“So we have a fit and able player not being allowed to play which we find, if this scenario pans out that Kieran can play, we would want answers.”