Celtic winger Jonny Hayes has admitted that he doesn’t care what position he plays in for the Hoops.
The Irishman is going through something of a renaissance under Neil Lennon. He’s featured in four of Lennon’s eight matches in charge. He’s been given a real vote of confidence with starting places in matches against Rangers and Aberdeen recently too.
In both of those clashes, the former Dons man started wide on the left. But, he’s also featured at left-back for Celtic this season also. It may not be his natural position, but Hayes has acquitted himself well in many of his 16 outings this term.
The £1million man confirmed today that he isn’t bothered about where he plays at Parkhead either. Speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 38, Page 20 and 21), Hayes opened up on his place at Celtic Park.
“Winning 3-0 against Aberdeen in a semi-final is a brilliant result. It’s great for the team, but from a personal standpoint, since I had my injury, I cherish every moment on the pitch that I can get.
“Regardless of where I play, I’m not bothered, I’m just happy to be out there. Playing in a team that wins games, that wins trophies, potentially more trophies this year, that makes it all the more enjoyable.
“With myself and Jamesy switching wings, that’s something the manager wanted. In the same way we have Callum, Ryan, and Broony moving the ball around at speed, this is all part of how we want to play.”
Living in the moment
Hayes just gives off the vibe of a player who’s delighted at Parkhead. Coming back from his leg break last year and to perform the way he currently is is a huge feather in his cap. Therefore, he deserves every chance he gets in the first-team.
The former Aberdeen winger hasn’t let us down whatsoever this season. Despite initially struggling to make an impact after his move in the summer 0f 2017, Hayes is growing into the jersey.
But, in saying that, he can expect some heavy competition for a starting spot next year. Scott Sinclair is still his main rival down the left. Celtic really need to invest in the position to try and get a high-quality improvement, however.
Hayes has been a terrific utility man this season, and is happy to continue in that role. He clearly understands the importance of just playing for Celtic. And if there’s one man who deserves a bit of luck, it’s the left-winger.
Hopefully, he can end the campaign as strongly as he’s performed over the last couple of weeks. Goodness knows he certainly deserves a run in the side, even if he doesn’t care where he plays.