Ryan Christie suffered either a broken cheekbone or eye socket in Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen, Neil Lennon has confirmed.
The Hoops cruised to a 3-0 victory at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon, keeping their strong hopes of the ‘treble treble’ alive in the process.
One of the few negative aspects on the day was Christie’s nasty injury, following an aerial collision with Dominic Ball.
The midfielder was eventually carried off with his neck in a brace after several minutes of treatment, leading to concerns about his well-being.
Speaking after the game, Lennon gave an update on Christie, saying he hopes he will be fit for the final against Hearts on May 25th:
We saw him at half time and he was conscious. We think it’s either a broken eye socket or a broken cheekbone.
It was a routine afternoon for Celtic, who never looked in trouble against their eventual nine-man opponents.
James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Tom Rogic got the goals for Lennon’s side, as their dominant season shows no sign of slowing up.
Celtic's top 5 players against Aberdeen
5. Scott Brown
Brown was typically industrious in the middle of the park, using all of his experience on a big occasion.
4. Odsonne Edouard
Edouard’s superb season continues and he added another goal to his tally at Hampden Park, in a strong all-round performance.
3. Jonny Hayes
Hayes caused problems out on the left wing throughout the contest, always having the beating of his man.
2. Jozo Simunovic
The centre-back had an excellent game and could even have got on the scoresheet.
1. James Forrest
Forrest’s superb strike put Celtic 1-0 up and he was a menace all afternoon. What a player he is.