Jonny Hayes could be in line for his toughest Celtic test yet

By John Reid

July 16, 2019

Jonny Hayes may have played at left-back before for Celtic in the past. But should he start against Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday, it could be his toughest test yet.

Hayes would not have been expecting to play left-back often this season. Especially as Kieran Tierney is still at the club, and with the recent signing of Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

However, Mbombo is uncertain to face Sarajevo after picking up an injury in the first leg of the tie. Whilst Tierney is still continuing his recovery from his hernia operation.

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Back in left-back role

Therefore, Hayes could be thrust into the left-back position once again for the Hoops. Yes, he might have played in the Scottish Cup Final at left-back. But a Champions League qualifier is arguably a bigger game.

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A good thing for Hayes is that the Hoops have a 3-1 advantage from the first leg of the tie. The Hoops won’t be under as much pressure as they could have been in the tie.

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Hoops boss seems to rate player

However, he will want to turn in a good performance for Neil Lennon. Lennon seems to rate Hayes as a left-back. He played there for Lennon on more than one occasion last season.

Hayes at left-back will presumably only be a temporary issue for the Hoops. However, Celtic will want a comfortable win against Sarajevo. Hayes may well have to be at his best for that to happen.