Ryan Christie’s injury has been overshadowed in the wake of Motherwell’s controversial goal yesterday, but Celtic have been left sweating over it.
The Steelmen’s goal actually came immediately in the aftermath of Christie having to come off. The attacking midfielder went down clutching his hamstring in the second half. It initially looked as though Christie was fine to play on, but the injury told in the end.
Brendan Rodgers surprisingly decided to bring on Jack Hendry instead of an attack-minded player. Hendry performed reasonably well, but the injury damage to Christie hasn’t yet been revealed.
The Hoops manager Rodgers confirmed after the game that Celtic are going to need to do scans.
🗣️ BR on @ryanchristie2: "He looked like he tweaked his hamstring so we'll just have to see what the scan says."
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 24, 2019
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This could potentially be a damaging blow to Celtic. Christie had looked as though he was coming back into some form before yesterday’s injury. It’s left Rodgers with a real dilemma here too.
What it could provide, however, is an opportunity for the likes of Nir Bitton alongside Scott Brown. That would allow Callum McGregor to push up into the number 10 position. Despite the fact McGregor has been used to being box-to-box recently, he’s still a highly influential number 10.
We’re also now four weeks into the apparent six-week injury lay-off of Tom Rogic. It can’t be long until he’s back fit and taking his number 10 spot back regardless.
Celtic could do with their Wizard of Oz more than ever at the moment. But squad options are still fairly substantial, and the Hoops will be treating Christie’s injury as a chance for others to impress.
Ewan Henderson, for example, was given his second run-out for the Hoops this season in yesterday’s 4-1 mauling of Motherwell. He was given the man-of-the-match award and was lauded by the likes of Kieran Tierney post-match.
Rodgers certainly has options, but it’s disappointing for Christie if this is anything serious. The youngster has been one of the catalysts of Celtic’s fine domestic run. Losing him at this stage of the season would be unfair on him.
Of course, the scans may very well be positive in the end. It’s always a concern when a hamstring is tweaked, however.