Jonny Hayes’ performance yesterday certainly caught the eye of Celtic supporters.

The Irishman put in a display of the highest efficiency at left-back against St Johnstone. He also rounded off his 90-minute show with a terrific assist for James Forrest’s goal and Celtic’s third of the afternoon.

Jonny Hayes was given a big opportunity against St Johnstone (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

In a display that helped Celtic march to the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup, Hayes thrived. He constantly showed for the ball and also never allowed Matthew Kennedy to get the better of him.

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An injury to Emilio Izaguirre against Hibernian gave Hayes his opportunity yesterday. And, reacting to it on Twitter, some supporters seemed pleased with the deputy’s display.


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There’s no denying Hayes generally had a good game against Saints. It was just his third start of the season, and in a position that isn’t his natural one. In that respect, he did extremely well.


He linked up well with Scott Sinclair and went on a storming run to set up Forrest. It was more of the Hayes Celtic supporters saw coming up against them when he was at Aberdeen. He was full of running and had a point to prove. A dangerous combination when he’s up for it.

But there’s also no denying that Valencia is a massive ask for Hayes. He hasn’t played in European competition at any stage of his career outside of qualifying matches.

Will the tried and tested Emilio Izaguirre be fit for Thursday? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Throwing him in against Valencia would be an entirely hopeful move. Instead, it’s safest to give Izaguirre the slot if he’s close to full fitness.

There’s still, of course, an outside chance of Kieran Tierney coming back for Thursday night, but question marks would surely remain over his fitness levels.

Regardless, that’s all for another day. Hayes did extremely well on his return to the starting line-up yesterday and deserves immense credit for it.

For him, it’s subsequently important he tries to build on it and starts showing more of the form that made Celtic move for him back in the summer of 2017.

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