There is no doubt that Jonny Hayes’ late goal against Rangers has to be considered as the best moment of his Celtic career so far.
The former Aberdeen man confirmed Celtic’s win at the home of their biggest rivals with a fine goal which wrapped up the 2-0 win.
Hayes’ appearance as a substitute was one of the few performances that he has made for the first-team so far this season.
Played only 69 minutes of football so far this season
He had made only three appearances for the Hoops this season, playing a total of 69 minutes of football. His cameo against Rangers was his first league performance of the season, this is despite Hayes being a first-team regular towards the end of last season.
Despite the goal, it is unlikely that Hayes will be rewarded with a first-team start for the Hoops against Hamilton on Saturday.
He probably won’t feature at left-back, where both Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor will be competing for a first-team place.
Hayes is unlikely to feature on the wing either, where the Hoops have a host of players competing for a first-team position.
Therefore, it seems likely that the best that Hayes can hope for is a place on the bench once more. There is no point in changing a winning team, and the Hoops have started this league season off in excellent form.
Could still make contribution to game
Hayes could still make a contribution in the game, of course. After his success at Ibrox it would be no surprise to see the player make an appearance at some stage of the game.
Hayes is an experienced player. So it is understandable why Celtic didn’t move the player on in the summer transfer window, despite his lack of playing time.
Not many players would have shown the composure that he did when scoring at Ibrox. He deserves plenty of credit for that. It just seems unlikely to lead to more first-team starts at the moment.