Jonny Hayes’ upturn in fortunes in recent weeks has been one of the stories of the Neil Lennon era as interim manager.
Hayes has gone from a player who struggled to even get on the bench, to starting against Rangers and Aberdeen. The move seems to have paid off, as Hayes was excellent in the recent 3-0 win over Aberdeen.
He is now keeping Scott Sinclair out of the team, and it has to be said that Hayes is in the side on merit. For now, he should be first pick on the wing.
In the team on merit
Hayes might not score the goals that Sinclair does, but at the moment Lennon sees Hayes as the better option and it is hard to disagree with that.
Now, will Sinclair eventually replace Hayes in the first-team? Who can say. Sinclair has been excellent in his three years at Celtic Park.
Last appearance was excellent
However, that counts for nothing at the moment. You are only as good as your last appearance, and Hayes’ last appearance for the Hoops was very good.
With Easter Road on the horizon, that game could be one for grafters. Hibs are on a good run of form. Therefore, it seems highly likely that Lennon will once again select Hayes.
He has earned his place in the side, and he could be first choice for the rest of the season. After recent performances, that is a good thing.