Ryan Christie’s facial injury update from Celtic today has prompted a big response from Hoops supporters.
The club revealed that their attacking midfielder had suffered multiple fractures. He’s due to undergo surgery on Thursday, with no date set on his return.
It remains to be seen as to whether he’ll be available for the Scottish Cup final. It would hardly be a surprise, however, if the former Aberdeen and Inverness star’s season is over.
The injury occurred thanks to a nasty challenge from Dominic Ball in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash. Celtic fans responded with a mixture of support and anger over the incident on Twitter. Here’s a quick sample of some of the reaction from today.
— C Diddy (@IAmManBearPig) April 16, 2019
Keep the heid Ryan or tell that to the surgeon. Yer a very brave lad.😎
— Auldheid (@Auldheid) April 16, 2019
That assault on Christie was Ball's attempt to show Celtic they were in a game. (Ala the Robson challenge on Dailly back in the Old Rangers days) Encouraged no doubt by McInnes. It went totally wrong for all concerned but for RC in particular.
— Reilly1926 (@reilly1926) April 16, 2019
All the best Ryan. Be thinking about you and hoping you make a full & speedy recovery. 💚
Compliance officer should be citing @DominicBall6 for violent conduct. Was a horrendous "challenge"
— Gary Docherty (@gary_docherty) April 16, 2019
the neck of McInnes to compare this to the GMS incident.. Ryan had already headed the ball when Ball assaulted him. It was no clash of heads but a headbutt in the air!!
— Mark Nesbitt (@MarkNesbitt1888) April 16, 2019
That head butt was an assault, should have been a straight red and not a second booking. Not entirely sure of the rules but I think if possible they should look at it again.
— Kaiser (@thebhoyQuinn) April 16, 2019
I can see why Ryan was targeted, him and CalMac were running the game.
— Patrick Boyle (@paddyb53) April 16, 2019
All the best Ryan, hope all goes well, from one Christie to another, Hail Hail 🍀🇮🇪🍀
— Fergal Christie -Fergal Ní Criosta (@fjchristie63) April 16, 2019
McInnes reaction is being made to look foolish
If it wasn’t at the time, then Derek McInnes’ reaction to the collision is looking ridiculous now. For those who didn’t see, the Dons manager tried to claim that the yellow card for Ball was harsh. That’s despite the fact it was clear that Christie was going to win it before the Aberdeen man clattered into him.
Celtic fans are struggling to let this one go and for good reason. It’s been an incredible breakthrough year for Christie, who’s notched 11 goals and 40 appearances for the Hoops this year. He’ll be right up there in the Player of the Year reckoning in what’s been something of a renaissance.
For it to end so suddenly and ugly is poor. For McInnes to show hardly any consideration for the player post-match either was pretty disgraceful on his part too, outside of just mentioning the fact Christie was off to hospital. All he seemed to want to focus on was what he perceived as a “harsh” booking.
Hopefully, this doesn’t rule Christie out of a potentially historic day against Hearts at Hampden next month. He fully deserves to be lifting that Scottish Cup at the end of the season if we win it, given the incredibly vital role he’s played in the potential treble treble run.
But his primary concern will be having a successful operation on Thursday. Therefore, here’s hoping everything goes to plan, and we all wish Ryan the very best.