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DOUBLE BLOW FOR CELTIC

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NEIL LENNON has confirmed Celtic double-act Ryan Christie and Jack Hendry are OUT for the remainder of the season.

It’s a massive blow for both players, but especially the midfield playmaker who was hoping to return to action in time for the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden on May 25.

Christie suffered multiple facial fractures in a sickening clash with Aberdeen’s Dom Ball that saw the Dons defender sent off after picking up his second yellow card in the first-half of Sunday’s explosive Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Hoops won 3-0 to cement their place in the showpiece occasion against Craig Levein’s team next month, but the influential Highlander has no chance of recovering in time for the occasion.

OUT…Jack Hendry’s hamstring injury has ended his season.

Christie underwent surgery yesterday and Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, admitted: “Ryan has multiple fractures of the eye socket, jaw and cheekbone.

“The prognosis isn’t good for the rest of the season, really. 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. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Central defender Hendry has made only 15 appearances this season and has featured only once since October.

Lennon confirmed the £1.2million former Dundee prospect had sustained a season-ending injury in a reserve outing against Rangers earlier this week.
The interim Hoops manager added: “Jack played in the reserve game and he’s torn a hamstring. So, he looks like he’s going to be out for the rest of the season, as well.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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