Jonny Hayes still getting used to Celtic positional change

By John Reid

February 8, 2020

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes has disclosed that he is still getting used to playing as a full-back, after so many years as an attacking player, the Celtic View reports.

Interestingly, this season he has played at left-back in some big games this season, such as the 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome, and the Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers.

Despite his involvement in those victories, Hayes has revealed that it hasn’t been easy for him to make the adjustment from an attacking player to one that has had to focus on defending.

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I would say the wing-back role probably suits me more than an out-and-out full-back” Hayes said, as quoted by the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 28, Page 23).

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“I could be better”

“I’m still learning to play full-back and positionally I could be better. The wing-back does suit me, I know I’ve the legs, pace and energy to get up and down.”

Interestingly, Celtic’s relatively new 3-5-2 formation could suit Hayes. It would allow him to play as more of a wing-back, rather than focus on defending.

Celtic wide man Jonny Hayes / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Hayes says in his comments, he is still getting used to playing left-back, and he feels that his game is more suited to a forward thinking role.

Did well at Aberdeen as a winger

That does make sense, as in his time at Aberdeen Hayes gained success as a winger, and not as a defensive minded player.

Still, Hayes has done well for Celtic when playing at left-back, although it is understandable that he does not relish playing there.

It will be intriguing to see where he plays for the Hoops whenever he next gets a start for the team, he will be hoping it is a wing-back role, and not a full-back role, but only time will tell.