Former Celtic winger Jonny Hayes, whose departure from the Hoops was confirmed on Saturday, has admitted he is open to staying on in the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen, talkSPORT reports.
Hayes made 68 appearances for Celtic in a three-season spell that resulted in a boatload of silverware and a derby goal against Rangers at Ibrox.
He lived the dream at Celtic Park and now, at the age of 32, has the challenge of finding a new club in the midst of a health crisis that is impacting on the finances of clubs both in Scotland and England.
The winger admits it may not be easy but has spoken positively about a potential return to Pittodrie, with whom he has played the longest in his career.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Hayes said: “I have always loved Aberdeen, no doubt about it. Even playing against them was a bit strange. I have a good relationship with the staff and players up there.
“It’s been an option before, I don’t know whether it will be an option now. Previously there was talk of me going back on loan maybe.
“The current climate in Scottish football, you can’t really nail your colours to a mast and say you want to go there because it might not happen.
“The club you might want to go to, for example Aberdeen or Motherwell or wherever it might be, the club might struggle with finances over the next six months.”
Hayes deserves a good contract offer from any potential destination.
Despite never quite being a Celtic regular, he showed his worth in Glasgow and is certainly more than capable of performing at a high level for any other team in the Scottish top-flight.
However, with English Championship duo Stoke City and Preston said to be keen on his sentences too (The Daily Mail), he might find it makes more financial sense to leave Scottish football behind.
All the best wherever you end up Jonny!