The Hoops ace has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Celtic have had to deal the news that no fan wanted to hear as they confirmed that Ryan Christie will play no further part for the Bhoys this season.
The 24-year-old was badly injured after a clash of heads with Dominic Ball in the first half of last Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen, 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, before the club said the following day that he would be having surgery on the Thursday.
The Bhoys initially stated that they could not give any specific indication on a timescale for Christie's return to action, but on Friday, the club's website posted quotes from interim manager Neil Lennon in which he confirmed that his player is out for the season.
“With it being multiple fractures, it’s going to take a bit more time,” he is quoted as saying. “We just have to look after him as best as we can and get him back for the start of next season, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
A number of Celtic fans took to Twitter upon finding out the bad news and had their say:
Gutted for you Ryan. Get well soon and i’m sure you will be watching the rest of the Bhoys winning the SC. Treble Treble coming up. Just sorry you won’t get to play but i’m sure you will be celebrating with us. Speedy recovery wee man.— Tricia@tricia67. (@TRICIA090904) April 19, 2019
Chin up Ryan sorry to lose you for the season you've been fantastic bud see you at yer best next season— Kevin gallacher (@Kevingallache14) April 19, 2019
Gutted about this, get well soon Ryan!!— WonderSleepsHere ✨ (@joneill07) April 18, 2019
Gutted! Would’ve been crucial in the cup final, but time for Rogic to step up again speedy recovery to you Ryan— Jacko (@RyanJackson_21) April 18, 2019
Hope you recover soon Ryan. We'll miss your lovely smile— Valerie Conroy (@CelticValerie) April 18, 2019
Sad he misses final . X— Derrick Wright (@Derrickw146) April 18, 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.
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