When Ryan Christie was stretchered off against Salzburg with his leg in a brace, every Celtic fan feared the worst.

Despite the gruesome looking injury, Christie was back in the team before the end of the year.

However, five games after the winter break, Christie has not returned the same player he was before the knock.

Christie receives treatment for his injury against Salzburg. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, despite still looking rusty at times, he is still very effective in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

He popped up with a stunning goal on Wednesday against St. Johnstone, sealing another three points for the Bhoys.

Yesterday in Perth, he laboured his way through the game, looking sloppy in possession.

His set-pieces were also below par too, and he eventually ended the game hobbling after being booted on the goal line by a defender.

Christie started the defeat at Ibrox, less than three weeks after his injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Although Christie made a miraculous recovery after being stretchered off, it feels like he’s still trying to shake the injury off.

He hasn’t been the same dynamic box-to-box player he was when he cemented his place in the side earlier in the season.

However, he does have a few things still going for him at the moment.

Despite not being at his best, Christie is still contributing with goals and assists.

Christie was in the thick of the action in Perth. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A very important player for Celtic

Christie’s struggles since his injury are not unexpected, and he hasn’t let it totally derail his game.

He may no be dominating games like he did for Celtic before his knock, however he’s still an important player for the team.

His contribution can’t be questioned, and to be below bar but still have a hand in goals is the mark of a good player.

If Christie can get back to his pre-injury form, it can only be good news for Celtic.

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