Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Ryan Christie’s knock is a nasty one.
A bad head injury occurred in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Hampden this afternoon. Christie nodded a ball past Dominic Ball, who also leaped up and smashed Christie in the face.
A prolonged period of time saw the former Aberdeen loan star down receiving treatment. Six minutes had to be added on at the end of the first 45, as Christie ultimately came off for Tom Rogic.
Neil Lennon wasn’t in any mood to dance around the subject either. Speaking to the BBC post-match (16:18), he believes that Christie has broken something.
“We saw him at half-time, he was conscious and we think he’ll be okay for the cup final. It’s either a broken cheekbone or a broken eye socket. It was a horrendous coming-together.
“Dominic Ball caught him late, it’s a second yellow, the right decision. It’s a sore one for him, but he should be okay”
“Should be okay”
It’s difficult to know whether this is good news or bad news. Lennon hasn’t revealed whether Christie will be fit for the run-in or not. At this stage, however, it seems as though he could miss most of it if he’s targeting the cup final.
Christie has added some flair and dynamism to our midfield this season. He was quiet in today’s contest against Aberdeen. But he was still constantly buzzing around and looking to make things happen.
Not having that kind of influential player in our ranks is going to be detrimental. He’s a goalscorer and one of our best creators. Fortunately, however, his injury has coincided with the return of Tom Rogic.
It should settle the debate about who the new number 10 is. It looks like we could see a lot more of Rogic from the start at this point now that Christie has taken a bad one.
There would be something extremely fitting about Christie returning for the cup final against Hearts. Helping us seal the treble treble would be more than enough to help him forget about him potentially missing most of the run-in.
But it’s a shame this has happened on today of all days. Celtic bossed Aberdeen, and it looks like this the price they’ve had to pay for it.