One notable aspect of Celtic’s 2-1 Europa League win over Lazio was Hoops boss Neil Lennon’s decision to select Jonny Hayes in the starting line-up.
Hayes got the nod to start over summer signing Greg Taylor in Rome, in a move that may have surprised some Hoops fans. Lennon has always had faith in the player though. His decision was vindicated as Hayes had arguably his best ever night in a Celtic jersey in the victory.
Solid in both defence and attack
He was solid in defence and attack. His performance was hailed by some Celtic fans on social media following the Hoops’ victory.
One fan claimed that he ‘deserves a run in the side’ after his performance. Another fan claimed that he ‘gives everything’ when he performs.
Here are some of the best relations from social media to Hayes’ performance:
Jonny Hayes is a machine
— Martin Callaghan (@martycal85) November 7, 2019
Jonny Hayes masterclass
— conor williams (@conor_williams4) November 7, 2019
Jonny Hayes might not be the most gifted footballer in the world. But my god that man gives everything he has for Celtic 🇮🇪💚
— Adam Lynch (@AdamLynch27) November 7, 2019
Right, let’s get down to business:
How brilliant was Jonny Hayes?! The man never stopped for 95 minutes! Tireless effort and commitment.
He has proven he can do the job that’s asked of him at any level for Celtic. What a pro.
Nice one, Jonny! 👏💚
— Jonny Hayes CSC (@KierenKerr) November 7, 2019
you play Jonny Hayes you get results it is that simple
— Ross Lyons (@RossLyons15) November 7, 2019
Said it many times! Never a world beater but a great honest pro the type of guy you need around the club.A leader and example to kids.Hail Hail Jonny Hayes☘☘☘☘
— spamfritters (@geojoedwards) November 7, 2019
A special Celtic night last night.
Forster – there are players and clubs made for each other. This is the case with FF. Arguably the biggest contributor to the 6 points across the two games
Hayes – has he ever let Celtic down? Relentless.
— Ronan Kearney (@Kearney1085) November 8, 2019
Never gets the credit he deserves but what a shift he puts in every time he plays! Jonny Hayes what a guy 💚
— Nicky Low (@Nicky_low18) November 7, 2019
Hayes might not be selected for every Celtic game. It can be hard for a utility man to be selected for every game. However, as has been pointed out by some social media comments, he always gives his all when he does play.
Manager believes in player’s ability
It is a good sign for the player that Neil Lennon didn’t have any qualms about starting the player in Rome. That shows that he believes in his ability as a player.
Hayes is currently in the last year of his Celtic contract. The deal expires at the end of the season. However, after his performance in Rome, you imagine that most Celtic fans would be pleased to see the player extend his time with the club.
Hayes has proved to be a valuable player in his time at the club, and he showed that once more in Rome.