Celtic attacker left out of ROI squad for crunch play-off games
By John Reid
Celtic winger Jonny Hayes has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for their World Cup play-off matches against Denmark this week.
Hayes made the provisional squad for the games but has been omitted as the squad numbers have been cut down.
The news was announced on the official FA Ireland Twitter page on Monday.
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The news is a blow to the player who has found it difficult to fit in at Celtic since joining in the summer from Aberdeen.
Hayes, who was nominated for the SPFA Player of the Year last season, was a stand-out in his time at Aberdeen, ending last season with 11 goals and 24 assists, which is more than either James Forrest or Patrick Roberts achieved.
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Brendan Roberts signed Hayes – whose last game for Aberdeen was scoring against Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final – for £1.3 million, but so far the move hasn’t worked out for the player.
He has only started 3 games in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, and has found his road to the first-team blocked by the likes of James Forrest, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.
Hayes was a late substitute in Celtic’s 4-0 win over St Johnstone, which saw Celtic setting a new British record of domestic games unbeaten with 63 games.
Celtic return to action after the international break with a trip to Dingwall to play Ross County.
In other Celtic team news, first team regular Scott Sinclair has talked about the unbeaten record