A sufficient lack of interest in Jonny Hayes is becoming a bit of a concern in this transfer window.
The Hoops’ Irishman has struggled to make much of an impact this season. That’s despite the fact that he’s featured on a generous seven occasions this term.
Hayes is predominantly a left-winger, but he’s featured mostly down the right when James Forrest has needed a rest. In each of these occasions, supporters have been left disappointed by what he’s brought to the table.
What made Hayes such an attractive proposition 18 months ago was his directness. At Aberdeen, he was constantly bombing forward and delivering some of the best crosses in the country. He was also a massive goal threat, bagging 30 goals during his time in the Granite City.
All of those positive traits, however, seem to have disappeared ever since he signed for Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead. And it also appears that any potential suitors have now been put off.
Morgan attracting interest over Hayes
Instead, it’s Hayes’ positional rival Lewis Morgan that’s been attracting interest from the likes of Hibernian and Sunderland. He’s almost certain to get the loan move he deserves, but Hayes is still in a bit of Parkhead limbo.
With the emergence of Mikey Johnston and the signing of Oliver Burke on loan, Hayes’ chances will continue to be limited. But that’s not to say his Parkhead career is totally over.
His ability to beat a man will surely come back with confidence. And the only way that the former Aberdeen man is going to bring that back again is through a loan move and regular game-time.
There’s no denying Hayes has the ability to still be a positive influence at Celtic. We know this due to what we seen of the Irishman at Pittodrie. But whether he’s struggling with the pressure at Parkhead, or whether he’s struggling as a cover-player, something’s not right.
Unfortunately, there’s no interest in Hayes with almost a third of the window gone. Hopefully, for everyone’s sake, Hayes can find himself another club before the latter stages of the window.
At the minute, however, it’s all a bit too quiet.