By Danny Wright
Jonny Hayes believes that a number of Aberdeen fans “won’t approve” of his move to Celtic, but insists that it was impossible for him to turn it down.
The Hoops confirmed on Saturday that the 29-year-old had secured a switch to Parkhead on a three-year-long deal.
He was the only non-Celtic player to be shortlisted for the Scottish player of the year award last season, proving how good his performances at Pittodrie were.
However Hayes is keen to ensure that he doesn’t leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Dons faithful and has given his reasons for moving on.
“I know there’s a few that won’t approve of me signing for Celtic, he said on his personal Twitter account on Saturday night. “But it was a career opportunity that could not be turned down.
“The prospect of being part of Champions League nights at a club this big is something special, and I hope people can understand it.
“It was the only Scottish club I could leave Aberdeen for.”
— jonny hayes (@jonnyhayes7) June 17, 2017
Hayes’ incredible performances last season saw Aberdeen come closer to Celtic than any other club in Scotland, despite losing all their matches against them.
Derek McInnes’ side were runners up in the Premiership and also threatened the Hoops’ chance of winning the treble in the Scottish Cup final last month.
Hayes was at the centre of it all, with 11 goals and a stunning 24 assists in 44 appearances across all competitions, which saw him deployed both on the right and left wing.
A huge hole was left in the Bhoys squad when Patrick Roberts’ loan spell ended and he was sent back to Manchester City in May.
However Hayes’ arrival could certainly fill that void, especially if he achieves similar stats next season.
In other Celtic news, this Hoops first-teamer has been eyed up by scouts from the Premier League.