Celtic winger Jonny Hayes surprisingly remains a player at the club following the January window.

The former Aberdeen man isn’t playing and is spending time on the bench rather than on the pitch.

Competition for places is meaning the Irishman isn’t first-choice for Brendan Rodgers.

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So, why is he still here?

It’s clear Hayes’ position is changing at Celtic

The 31-year-old has more of a chance at Celtic as understudy to Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre at left-back.

Kieran Tierney will be out for a period of time pushing winger up the pecking order as defender. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scotsman is experiencing a lengthy injury meaning at present Hayes is second choice at that position.

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He has already played well in that area, notably against former club Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Hayes was also expected to play as full-back at Ibrox but shockingly Callum McGregor was chosen.

The recognised forward has all the attributes to be a successful wing-back with impressive pace, engine and desire to succeed.

Former Aberdeen man has all the attributres required to play as a full-back. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

If Tierney wasn’t injured, a move elsewhere, perhaps on-loan, would have been on the cards.

 

Right now, Hayes is a back-up left-back with a chance rather than left-winger with hardly any opportunities.

American puts Hayes down next season’s pecking line?

The Hoops announced the acquisition of American left-back and former trialist Andrew Gutman last night.

He joins the club with fellow countryman and right-back Manny Perez but both will return home on-loan.

When Gutman does come to Glasgow, he will be expecting to play and show Rodgers what he’s got.

Surely in a pecking order, the manager will always go with the recognised player in that position.

Andrew Gutman will return to Glasgow looking to play left-back at Celtic. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Izaguirre is out of contract and Tierney will have his suitors as such a massive player for the club.

The Hoops will also welcome newbie winger Maryan Shved back from Ukraine, as well as Lewis Morgan from Sunderland.

It’s difficult to figure how Hayes gets back in the team as a winger with so many options.

He should use the time from now until the end of the window to pick out his future, because sadly it doesn’t seem to be at Celtic.

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