Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon expects Ryan Christie to miss the rest of the season because of injury.
Scotland international Christie suffered multiple fractures to his face following a collision with former Aberdeen team-mate Dominic Ball during last weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.
The 24-year-old has since undergone surgery, with Lennon confirming he is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the season, which means he will miss next month’s Scottish Cup final with Hearts, as well as Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium.
Lennon told Celtic TV: “It’s multiple fractures of the eye socket, jaw and cheekbone as well so the prognosis isn’t good for the rest of the season really.
“We just have to look after him as best as we can and get him back for the start of next season.”
Christie’s enforced absence will come as a major blow for Celtic, as he has established himself as a key member of the team at Parkhead this season, featuring in 38 games across all competitions.
Celtic are not only going for Scottish Cup glory during the remaining weeks of the season, but they are also looking to wrap up the triple-treble, as they are 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings and already have the League Cup wrapped up.
The Bhoys are next in action when they travel to Easter Road to take on Hibernian in the Premiership on Sunday and they are priced at 1.44 to win that match, while Paul Heckingbottom’s team are available at 7.00 and the draw is on offer at 4.50.