Former Celtic striker John Hartson has admitted that he was impressed with Jonny Hayes’ performance for the Hoops against Aberdeen.

The winger was an unexpected selection by Neil Lennon, but he acquitted himself well against his former team and turned in probably his best performance for the Hoops yet.

It was a display which certainly caught the eye of the former Celtic hitman.

“Really good”

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“I thought Hayes was great on Sunday. He’s a really good player” Hartson told the Evening Times.


“He can go both sides, he can drop the shoulder, and he delivers crosses into the box nine times out of 10.”


Hayes might not have featured often under Brendan Rodgers. But he quickly seems to have won over interim manager Neil Lennon.

Started some big games

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Lennon not only started Hayes against Aberdeen, he also selected the player for the starting line-up in the recent 2-1 win over Rangers.

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The interim Hoops boss seems to appreciate how hard-working Hayes is. He didn’t stop for a moment against the Dons. He was well worth the ovation he received when he was substituted in the second-half.

With some big games on the agenda, it will be interesting to see if Lennon continues to keep faith in Hayes. If he performs as well as he did at Hampden Park, there is no reason for him not to.

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