Aberdeen are reportedly keen on taking Celtic outcast Jonny Hayes this January, according to the Daily Express.
Hayes has failed to make an impact over the last 18 months at Celtic Park. He’s made just 11 starts for Celtic since joining for an undisclosed fee at the start of last season.
Since then, however, it’s been mostly downhill for the Irishman. He’s failed to challenge Scott Sinclair for the left-wing berth, and hasn’t impressed in any of his outings this season.
The former Dons man also suffered a nasty broken leg during a fixture against Dundee on Boxing Day 2017. That arguably came just as he was building up his only real momentum at Celtic Park. Since then, he’s struggled for another look in.
And, according to the Express’ report, Derek McInnes would be keen on making a move for him this month to bring him back to Pittodrie.
Celtic shouldn’t hang onto Hayes if interest is concrete
If a bid does come in, Celtic should let Hayes go.
He’s never likely to be a first-team regular at Parkhead, and now that he’s at the wrong side of 30, chances will only become more limited.
Hayes has been a good servant to the club. He hasn’t caused any unrest, and has never shown to supporters a level of frustration at his lack of game-time.
But with Sinclair, Mikey Johnston and Oliver Burke all free to play down the left, Hayes’ chances won’t increase.
If Aberdeen do follow up this reported interest with a move, you can’t see Celtic standing in his way. Hayes could certainly do with it as he trickles into the twilight years of his career.
Will he come back and haunt us regularly if he moves? Undoubtedly.