Celtic’s upcoming friendly against Rennes could be one of the more interesting pre-season friendlies to take place in recent years.

There could be a Celtic Park return for Leigh Griffiths, not to mention starts for exciting youngsters Armstrong Okoflex and Karamoko Dembele.

Circumstances dictate that player will start game

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There is one player that circumstances have dictated seems certain to start the game – that is Celtic’s makeshift left-back Jonny Hayes.

Hayes will need some game time ahead of the Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo next Wednesday. This is due to Celtic’s injury situation at left-back.


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Hoops struck by injuries in key area

Kieran Tierney still recovering from his double hernia operation. Recent signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo suffered an injury in the first leg against Sarajevo.

That leaves Hayes as the only recognised left-back that is currently in the Hoops squad. Therefore, it seems certain that he will play at least part of the game against Rennes.

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Maybe Calvin Miller could come into the squad as well. He has played left-back previously for the Hoops.


Neil Lennon may limit Hayes’ game time against Rennes to an hour perhaps. Should Hayes suffer an injury, it would be a huge blow to the Hoops.

That might just be a gamble that Celtic have to take however. It is highly unlikely that the Hoops will sign another left-back this summer.

Therefore, until the injury situation clears up, the position looks set to be Hayes’.


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