Friday 23 March 2018

New Bhoy Hayes gets Rodgers seal of approval

Republic of Ireland's Jonny Hayes. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland's Jonny Hayes. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Jamie Holland

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the impact of new signing Jonny Hayes.

The Dubliner won a penalty 18 minutes from the end of Saturday's friendly against Rapid Vienna and Moussa Dembele scored from the spot to give Celtic a 1-1 draw.

Rodgers is also excited by the former Aberdeen player's potential to help his Bhoys build on their success of last season.

"Jonny made an incredible run from deep to get on to the ball and then go and create the penalty," Rodgers said.

"That's what Jonny can do. He can take you up the pitch. I like players with that very fast profile in the wide areas as he can go from one end of the pitch to the other very quickly.


"He has that ability to go inside and outside and I thought he was excellent when he came on. He looked a real threat and he worked hard defensively and he's always an outlet with his quality."

Celtic, who will open their Champions League campaign against either Linfield or San Marino club La Fiorita later this month, fell behind on the stroke of half-time.

Rapid's Brazilian forward Joelinton converted from the spot after he was brought down by goalkeeper Craig Gordon following a poor back pass from defender Dedryck Boyata.

Celtic continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Slavia Prague in the Czech capital tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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