Our View: Jonny Hayes handled Lazio, Copenhagen should be no issue

By John Reid

February 18, 2020

Greg Taylor’s recent injury suffered in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen on Sunday has to cast some doubt on his participation in the Hoops’ Europa League first leg tie against Copenhagen on Thursday.

Taylor was forced off in the first-half, and replaced by Jonny Hayes.

Hayes performed decent enough for the Hoops, and was at the heart of one of the few chances the Hoops created in the game, as he worked a one-two with Odsonne Edouard, and hammered a shot which was saved by Joe Lewis.

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Taylor’s injury must might rule him out of the Copenhagen match, and that would mean that Hayes would be most likely to replace him in the left-back role.

However, should that be the case, then Celtic fans should not be too concerned.

After all, it should be remembered that Hayes played in that position for the Hoops when they played in Rome against Lazio back in the Group Stages of the Europa League.

Performed well in notable victory

He performed well in the game, which of course the Hoops won 2-1 thanks to a late Olivier Ntcham goal.

Jonny Hayes in action for Celtic vs Rangers / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Therefore, if Hayes can handle playing against Lazio, he should be able to handle playing against Copenhagen, should he be selected for the starting line-up for the Hoops.

Hayes has been a semi-regular for the Hoops this season. He has made 24 appearances, but only 10 of them have been starts.

Manager seems to have faith in player

However, the fact that he has started against Lazio and Rangers this season shows that the manager has faith in the player.

With Boli Bolingoli only featuring in one game for the Hoops since the winter break, you have to think that Hayes will be the player to replace Taylor should he miss out against Copenhagen.

It will no doubt be a test for the player, but it is one that he should be confident of passing.