Celtic should accept any offer that comes in for Jonny Hayes

By David Walton

January 29, 2019

Jonny Hayes’ departure from Celtic could spring up on us this month, and Celtic should accept any offer that comes in.

The Daily Record last night reported that Aberdeen are still hopeful of signing Hayes. Derek McInnes spent over four years with the Irishman at Pittodrie. That was before Celtic swooped in for him at the beginning of last season.

The idea was always going to be that Hayes’ directness and range of crossing was used to its full potential at Celtic. But something wasn’t right from the beginning with the former Aberdeen and Inverness star.

Jonny Hayes has just seven outings to his name this season (David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Despite making seven appearances this season, he’s barely looked good in any. Hayes doesn’t look confident driving forward anymore, and Celtic fans have barely seen him get into those goal-scoring positions that he was known for at Aberdeen.

A broken leg did set him back last season. That was the only time he looked like gaining a bit of form at Parkhead in an unfortunate turn of events.

Jonny Hayes just isn’t good enough

But, the sad reality is that Hayes just isn’t good enough to stay at Parkhead for the foreseeable future.

Brendan Rodgers remains fond of him, and has consistently talked up his attributes. He also spoke about how winger Marian Shved wasn’t needed just now because of the amount of wingers Celtic have.

But if the club get rid of Hayes and Morgan, that’s them down two wide players and could force the manager into a rethink over the timescale for Shved to be integrated into first-team affairs. A deal for him seems imminent after reports of a medical surfaced yesterday.

Hayes was a massive hit at Pittodrie before Celtic nabbed him (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hayes, however, has no future at Celtic Park. The quality isn’t there, and the Hoops have struggled to get much use out of him. A trip back to Aberdeen, be it on loan or permanently, would be beneficial to everyone.

There have yet to be any other reports of other clubs being interested in him. That perhaps tells its own story regarding how effective he’s been at Parkhead.

But Hayes needs to find a place where he can rebuild his career once more. Pittodrie would be a fine place to do that, but Celtic Park will never be it.