Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that Jonny Hayes suffered a dislocated shoulder during Celtic’s 4-0 win over Livingston.
The injury was confirmed by Sky Sports Scotland Twitter account, which reported that the player is set to have a scan on the shoulder.
Neil Lennon confirms Jonny Hayes will require a scan after dislocating his shoulder during today’s win over Livingston.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) November 23, 2019
The injury is certainly unfortunate for Hayes, who has just established himself in the side. However, it does look likely to hand a chance to Greg Taylor, who replaced Hayes in the second-half against Livingston. That was only Taylor’s second performance for the Hoops since joining from Kilmarnock on transfer deadline day.
Chance of a run of games in side
However, he did not look overawed, and turned in a fine display. It would not be a surprise to see Taylor start against Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday. With Boli Bolingoli still out injured, Taylor now has a chance to have a run of games in the side at left-back.
It is just a pity that the player is not eligible for the Betfred Cup Final. He would have been an ideal candidate to take on Rangers. However, Celtic will have to hope that Bolingoli is fit for that game.
International displays may have helped player
Taylor’s performances in Scotland’s recent victories would have given the player plenty of confidence going forward, and he showed that against Kilmarnock. It is a good sign for the player’s ability that even though he went weeks without playing football, he has played well for the Hoops and for his country.
Celtic seemed to pursue Taylor for weeks before they eventually managed to sign the former Kilmarnock man. Now he has a chance to show why the Hoops were so eager to bring him to the club.
By the time Celtic complete their hectic run of fixtures in December, Taylor could be the first choice left-back at the club. It is up to him to make the most of this opportunity.