Celtic winger Jonny Hayes should listen to any offers that come his way in the near future. The Irishman has recently been linked with a couple of good clubs in England by the Scottish Sun.
Hayes is the ultimate utility man and has put in some good honest graft in the last month. However, his future lies away from Glasgow to allow others to make their mark and have more of a lasting impact.
Jonny Hayes is a dent in Greg Taylor’s Celtic development
The 32-year-old was almost the forgotten squad player until Neil Lennon took the reins.
Injuries and fitness issues has saw to it in recent matches that Hayes has been allowed more game time. He is currently even ahead of summer signing Greg Taylor in his unnatural left-back position.
His ability to play more positions is what’s been told to Taylor as to why he isn’t in the team. But, it’s clear to see that Taylor is far and wide the better defender and the man who can be first choice.
It isn’t Hayes’ fault, but his inclusion is only going to keep the likes of Taylor from making it at Celtic. His usefulness is only helpful from off the bench, if needed, and not as a defined starter ahead of Taylor.
Irishman is the ideal Championship player
The teams reportedly chasing him, Swansea City and Stoke City, are perfect for Hayes. He will get a healthy pay packet and bring some much needed drive and experience to both teams.
Stoke are in dire need of help, and Hayes’ ability and leadership is sorely needed with Michael O’Neill’s side.
Hayes would love and thrive on the physicality of the Championship which makes it the perfect move. Although it wouldn’t be a step up, it would definitely give him proper game time and be a starter.
Once Boli Bolingoli comes back, then Hayes will be dropped back to the bench again. It’s best for all parties if the Irishman leaves in January with everyone’s best wishes and thanks for the winner at Ibrox.