Ryan Christie out of Scottish Cup Final, Lenny confirms

RYAN CHRISTIE’S season is officially over. The midfield was the subject of a horrific challenge by Aberdeen’s Dominic Ball at Hampden on Sunday that resulted in multiple facial fractures.

Both manager Neil Lennon and Christie himself targeted the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts on 25 May as his comeback objective but now after further medical opinion, Lenny has revealed in an interview with Celtic TV that the midfielder’s season is over.

Christie is having his operation today and will have until the return from the short summer break to recover.

“Ryan has multiple fractures of the eye socket, jaw and cheekbone so the prognosis isn’t good for the rest of the season really,” Lenny said.

“He’s had a great season, he’s a huge player for us and it was a really horrendous collision.

“With it being multiple fractures, it’s going to take a bit more time. 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.”

Lenny was delighted with Celtic’s underlining their position as the ‘Dominant Force’ (copyright Dave King) in Scottish football by a very comfortable 3-0 win over Aberdeen, who have traditionally been the second force in Scottish football since King’s old club died in 2012.

“It was a dominant performance from start to finish against a very good side so it speaks volumes for the character of the team and the qualities they have as well. But for a semi-final, they made it look very comfortable which it never is,” Lenny said.

You can watch his interview on Celtic TV HERE.

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