Jonny Hayes’ contract hasn’t been a subject that’s come up recently, but it’s going to have to soon.
The Irishman is entering the final year of his three-year deal signed in 2017 (BBC). The former Aberdeen man signed on in June 2017, and has had a mixed time at Parkhead.
Sure, it’s been trophy-laden for Hayes. He’s won every domestic competition on offer, and has played in big games against the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen. His influence has been felt at times, although perhaps not as much or as often as we would’ve liked.
He’s actually currently having his best spell yet in a Celtic jersey. Hayes has featured in eight of Neil Lennon’s 13 games in charge. Be that as cover at left-back, or as a left-winger, Hayes has proven to be a reliable deputy.
Perhaps his most high-profile incident at Celtic came when he broke his leg in 2017. It kept Hayes out of action for eight months, and it came at a time when he was starting to make his mark in Glasgow.
Overall, Hayes has managed 40 appearances for the Hoops and scored just one goal. His stop-start nature to life at Celtic hasn’t been ideal, but he has proved useful.
Hayes remains a worthwhile addition
In our view, Hayes should remain a Celt for a while yet. He’s proven to be a useful addition to help in crisis points. When Kieran Tierney has been out injured, Hayes has proved to be a reliable number two.
In addition to that, he’s also proven to be a decent rival for Scott Sinclair. Could we do better down the left? Absolutely, but Hayes has his uses to Celtic. Unless an appropriate offer comes in, Celtic would be as well extending the contract as it stands.
It could be the case that the Hoops want to wait to see how he performs next season. It’s vital that Hayes continues to build on his decent work this year, having racked up 20 outings. This has included big games and European outings too. He’s not a Parkhead misfit by any stretch of the imagination.
Summer additions could push Hayes further down the ranks. That’s a challenge he’s going to have to step up to in the coming months. Only once next season begins and we’re off and running can Hayes’ position in the squad truly be evaluated.
But for now, he’s proved useful. His contract expiration date is creeping up on Celtic, and he’ll be able to talk to clubs in January. A promising start to next season, and Celtic may very well extend his stay here a bit longer.