Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has admitted that he initially worried the injury he picked up against Red Bull Salzburg in mid-December was more serious than the scans later revealed.

The ankle injury, in the end, was not serious as Christie missed only two games following the Europa League clash, but he believed at the time of the injury that something might have been broken.

After missing out against Hibernian and Motherwell, Christie returned when Celtic took on Dundee in late December and finished the game with an assist to help his side keep their place at the top of the table.

The 23-year old has featured in 14 Scottish Premiership games so far and has revealed that he did have initial fears of the injury being a long-term one.

“I was very fortunate with my injury against Salzburg, actually”, Christie told Celtic’s official website.

“When it initially happened on the park, I was told that it might be broken, and as soon as you hear that you think you might be out for a long time.

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“This was hard to hear, especially when I thought I’d hit a bit of form during that period of the season.

“Initially, I thought it could have been a real scare, I could have been very unfortunate, but I was very lucky to be back so soon and managed to get a few games in before the break.”

Christie’s impressive first half of the season saw him sign a new three-year deal with the club in mid-November.

The former Inverness midfielder will hope to have an equally impressive second half of the season and help the Hoops retain their Premiership crown.