Jonny Hayes was already a hero of the Celtic support this season thanks to his goal which clinched the recent 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.
He will once more hear the praises from the Celtic support after his fine second-half performance for the Hoops in the 1-1 draw with Rennes.
Hayes was brought on at left-back in place of the injured Boli Bolingoli, and he did a fine job in both defence and attack.
Put in a hard but fair challenge
Probably his most notable moment was a hard but fair challenge on Rennes’ Hamari Traore. He slid in and won the ball on the edge of the penalty and his follow through caught the player.
The Rennes fans claimed a penalty but it was not given, as it was an excellent challenge by Hayes. Hayes also did a good job for the Hoops going forward. He helped to set up a late chance for Ryan Christie.
Hayes might not be a natural left-back, but he has done well when called upon for the Hoops in that position. He is obviously a player that Neil Lennon trusts. He has been involved in some big games for the club under Lennon’s management.
Contract expires at end of the season
Interestingly, Hayes’ contract at Celtic expires at the end of the season. It is likely that Lennon will want Hayes to sign a new deal with the club.
However, could Hayes want to move on for first-team football on a regular basis? That remains to be seen. Hayes has proven his worth for the Hoops so far this season. However, he is not likely to be a starter for the team. More often than not he will come off the bench.
Should Hayes decide to move on, he will be given a fond farewell by the Celtic support. However, should he decide to stay, don’t bet against him turning in more good displays in big games for the club.