Celtic have quite clearly made the right decision on Ryan Christie after a fresh image of the attacker was revealed on social media.

FootballScotland managed to snap a picture of him from his Instagram story this morning. It’s the first image seen of Christie since his surgery on Thursday.

Ryan Christie was clattered last Sunday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The former Aberdeen and Inverness star was involved in a nasty collision with the Dons’ Dominic Ball last Sunday. Celtic went on to win the Scottish Cup clash 3-0, but Christie’s injury uncertainty dominated much of the post-match chat.

And you can see the image for yourself by clicking here.

A sensible decision to rule him out

Before the surgery, Celtic released a statement confirming Christie would be out for the season. Neil Lennon was initially hopeful that he could make the Scottish Cup final, but that was never realistic after seeing the results of his surgery.

 

Christie was revealed to have received multiple fractures including his jaw, eye-socket, and cheekbone. In other words – it was a real bad one.

But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know Christie would never be ready to feature by next month. He’s not quite like Batman villain Two-Face, but there remains massive swelling and bruising on his left side. Having the summer to try and recover and get himself back into shape for the Champions League qualifiers is by far the best way to go.

Chrisite had been flying before his injury (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic can also cope without Christie between now and the end of the season. With Tom Rogic fit and available to retake his number 10 slot, there’s no overwhelming need for Christie to be in there.

The clash with Ball looked bad at first glance. But you wouldn’t think many would’ve expected the severe damage it’s left on the Celtic man. It makes Derek McInnes’ argument about the red card being harsh look even more laughable.

Celtic, however, are spot on not to bother trying getting him back for the cup final. That will take care of itself with the players we have available. At the end of the day, Christie will still be in the mix with the celebrations come full-time on May 25th, should we win of course.