Celtic star Ryan Christie touches on Dominic Ball incident

By David Walton

May 15, 2019

Celtic star Ryan Christie has spoken about the Dominic Ball incident today to the press.

Former Inverness and Aberdeen star Christie won’t play again this season. That came after he suffered multiple facial fractures from a collision with Aberdeen midfielder Ball last month. Celtic would go on to win the contest 3-0 and knock Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

But it wasn’t much consolation for Christie. He’s had an exceptional breakthrough campaign this season, and it ended unceremoniously with the over-aggressiveness from Ball. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes even tried to tell the BBC that his man had been hard done by in receiving a red card.

Dominic Ball was sent off for headbutting Celtic attacker Ryan Christie (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And in a rare occasion of Christie actually speaking about the injury, he claimed it had a slight affect on his memory. Speaking at his presser today on Celtic TV, he said the following:

“I can’t really remember the incident, the ambulance or anything like that. It’s all gone. I remember walking out of the tunnel before the game, lining up, going in to the huddle and that’s my last memory until my girlfriend visited me in hospital at about 10:30pm that night.

“In the first couple of days my memory faded. I went for a few scans and then the brain scan came back and said I was okay.

“Then the surgeon came to see me and hit home how serious it was because he was a bit shocked at how much damage I had managed to take.”

A nasty injury, but no hard feelings

Christie actually revealed later on that he and Ball are good friends. The incident, according to the Celtic man, is water under the bridge, and he doesn’t feel it was deliberate on Ball’s part.

Christie and Dominic Ball are good friends (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Having him back among the fold will be a big boost to a Celtic side that is lacking real depth going forward. It was on full view at Ibrox just how lacking Celtic were. Only Olivier Ntcham and Scott Sinclair could’ve been seen as attacking subs.

He’ll also be a huge miss in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts too. Tom Rogic hasn’t been firing since coming back into the side against Rangers around six weeks ago. The problem is, however, that he currently has nobody to push him hard enough for his place in the starting line-up.

Christie’s return next season will do just that, as well as any new additions. It’s essential that Christie builds on an incredible campaign where he’s made 40 appearances for club and country this season. Only when he’s missing do you realise just how big a creative effect he has on the team.

Tom Rogic needs to find his creative spark once more (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s good to see him recovering well from the injury, however. His eye appears to be clearing up well, and it’s looking realistic to assume he’ll be fine for the pre-season camp in June.

Hopefully, it’s the last Christie will see of the treatment table for a while.