Celtic fans were shocked by the suspected leg break that Jonny Hayes suffered against Dundee.
Taking the ball in the centre of the park the hoops winger was on the receiving end of a crude challenge from Josh Meekings that immediately looked worrying.
Play continued as Dundee approached the Celtic penalty box but referee Kevin Clancy sensed that something was up and brought the game to a halt.
This is the agonising collision that led to Celtic star Jonny Hayes being stretchered off, with Dundee’s Josh Meekings also hobbling off after the tackle https://t.co/CAVDR2WwZ3 pic.twitter.com/BLtA3lU7bl
— Scottish Sun Sport (@scotsunsport) December 26, 2017
That looks a really bad one Jonny Hayes, and I hope it’s not as bad as it looks. However, should Kevin Clancy be stopping the game in that position, I don’t think so. If he’s going to stop the game then stop it straight away.
— Kyle Gunn (@Kyle_Gunn97) December 26, 2017
Absolutely shocking tackle! All the best @jonnyhayes15 ?????????????????
— Gherdy ????????????????????? (@uptheerps) December 26, 2017
Gutted for Jonny Hayes mans got zero luck
— John McGachy (@JohnMcGachy3) December 26, 2017
Very comfortable at Dens.
Hope @jonnyhayes15 is ok. Looked a nasty one.
— Paul Çonnelly (@paulconn75) December 26, 2017
Superb 1st half from the bhoys. Dominant and playing some lovely football.Gutted for Jonny Hayes though
— ????Stephen Walsh???? (@stevie_bhoy32) December 26, 2017
So far so good. Lost the momentum a wee bit after the injury but when the second goal came, it gave us that bit of comfort. Should be finishing this one off in 2nd half.
— Phil McGinlay ?? (@philbertosilva) December 26, 2017
While Meekings hobbled off Hayes looked in a bad way as a stretcher was called as he was treated on the park.
Eventually he was replaced by Mikey Johnston with the intensity dropping from Celtic’s play almost in acknowledgement of the extent of the injury to Hayes.
Celtic were already leading thanks to an early goal from James Forrest with Leigh Griffiths doubling the lead before half-time.