Date: 22nd April 2017 at 5:17pm
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Ryan Christie faces the most uncomfortable 24 hours of his football career.

At Hampden today he helped Aberdeen into the final of the Scottish Cup knowing that a win for his employers tomorrow will leave him sitting in the stand on May 27 wearing a half n half scarf.

Christie has struggled to break into Derek McInnes’ side since moving to Pittodrie in January but was given a starting place at Hampden today.

First things first, I was concentrating on helping Aberdeen get to a final,” he told The Sun. “We’ll see what happens and who we will face tomorrow.

It was the biggest game of the year, so you want to book your place in the final. We came up against a very good side in Hibs and overall probably didn’t play our best but we’re into the final and that’s all that matters.

Conceding the goal before half-time didn’t help. Coming out for the second half we were always up against it a wee bit. The gaffer made changes and to be fair it worked.”

Adam Rooney opened the scoring after just 13 seconds with Christie putting Aberdeen further ahead after 25 minutes before Hibs struck back with goals from Grant Holt and Dylan McGeoch. Anthony O’Connor replaced Christie just before McGeoch’s equaliser.

Extra time looked likely until a Jonny Hayes shot deflected off Darren McGregor in the 85th minute and flew into the net.

Christie’s fate will be known tomorrow afternoon with Celtic’s semi-final against Sevco kicking off at 12 noon and played to a finish.