Celtic have confirmed that Republic of Ireland internationalist Jonny Hayes suffered a broken leg in the Boxing Day win over Dundee at Dens Park.

The winger was stretchered off following a heavy challenge with Josh Meekings that also left his opponent in some discomfort.

Hayes underwent surgery this afternoon in which it is believed a metal rod was placed in his leg in order to stabilise the bone and begin the healing process.

Aside from the obvious distress associated with such a serious injury will be a frustration in the coming weeks for Hayes given that his inaugural season at Celtic has come to a conclusion. The former Aberdeen player has spent much of this season on the periphery at the club but has featured in recent games.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had initially hoped Hayes had only suffered bruising to the shin but the Parkhead side have confirmed that the damage is more severe.

An audible crack could be heard in the ground when Hayes and Meekings clashed, with Rodgers remarking after the game that it had in fact been the player's shinpad which had snapped. Unfortunately, however, x-rays confirmed the worst scenario for Hayes who will now begin a lengthy rehabilitation process.