With his involvement in the Celtic side this season set to be limited, should an SPFL side be looking at a potential move for Jonny Hayes?
His ability to play at both left-back and left-wing has helped his side on a number of occasions, playing in nine of their last 11 matches last term (Transfermarkt). So far this season though, he’s only played 63 minutes from the same amount of games (Transfermarkt).
It doesn’t seem like he’ll be involved much at Parkhead this term. Should an SPFL side therefore enquire about him before the transfer window shuts?
Hayes would be a brilliant option for most SPFL sides
The defensive side of his game has really came on at Parkhead. He played at left-back on numerous occasions last term.
Not only has he got that in his locker now, he is excellent at left midfield and brings experience to any side. He has played 243 Premiership games, scoring 37 times and assisting on 74 occasions.
It would likely be a loan deal, as no Premiership side will likely be able to afford any price Celtic put on the Irishman’s head.
A move to Aberdeen would be feasible. They were reportedly interested in him in January (The Scottish Sun) and need some extra attacking flair, with Sam Cosgrove being heavily relied on so far this term.
What makes this less likely is Dons boss Derek McInnes’ recent comments. He has all but ruled out any more movement on the transfer front (Evening Express).
Hibs are another team who could be a potential suitor. Wide options in Joe Newell and Daryl Horgan have been on and off so far this campaign, whilst Martin Boyle is out for the rest of 2019 with injury.
They could be doing with another wideman and Hayes would be decent. Hibees manager Paul Heckingbottom hasn’t closed the door on making more signings (Edinburgh Live), so there is potential for him to make a move on the winger front.
Hayes would be a decent addition for most Premiership sides. His Celtic career looks dead in the water and someone should offer him an SPFL lifeline.