Christie suffered multiple facial fractures in the Scottish Cup semi-final with Aberdeen.
Celtic have announced that Ryan Christie suffered multiple facial fractures during Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen and will undergo surgery on Thursday.
The 24-year-old was badly injured after a clash of heads with Dominic Ball in the first half of the match, the Dons man being shown a second yellow card following the foul.
Christie was treated for several minutes by Celtic's medical staff and left the field on a stretcher with his neck in a brace, updating fans about his condition on his social media on Monday.
The Bhoys put out a statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming that their player would be getting operated on later in the week, adding that they could not give any specific indication on a timescale for his return to action just yet.
Ryan Christie has suffered multiple facial fractures following the incident during Sunday’s #ScottishCup semi-final. Ryan is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday of this week.— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 16, 2019
Everyone at #CelticFC wishes @ryanchristie2 all the best for his full recovery
Some Celtic fans took to Twitter after the announcement was made and needless to say it was a mix of sadness and well-wishes to Christie plus anger towards the challenge that led to this:
Gutted for the wee man shocking challenge— Sean James (@SeanJames67) April 16, 2019
He shouldn’t have had to take one for the team. The Aberdeen player had no chance of getting that ball. He should have pulled out of the challenge. A red card all day long.— Kenny Watt (@kennyandmm) April 16, 2019
Terrible challenge.— 7 (@religionisaclub) April 16, 2019
All the best Ryan. Be thinking about you and hoping you make a full & speedy recovery.— Tricia@tricia67. (@TRICIA090904) April 16, 2019
Looked a bad yin at the time but that’s brutal. All the best to him. HH.— Crake (@calach23) April 16, 2019
All the best @ryanchristie2, hope all goes well with your surgery. HH— Bonbononeill (@Bonbononeill1) April 16, 2019
Celtic eased to a 3-0 victory over nine-man Aberdeen, who had Lewis Ferguson sent off in the second half for a two-footed tackle, to set up a final meeting with Hearts.