Alex Bruce believes sides chasing promotion in the English Championship will be fighting for the capture of Celtic winger Jonny Hayes if he leaves on a free transfer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League defender believes the 32-year-old will have a number of contract offers to choose from south of the border should he become a free agent.

The four-cap Republic of Ireland international’s contract is set to come to an end next month, leaving him free to leave Parkhead for nothing.

Bruce believes that Hayes will be a man in demand this summer and suggests he could make a move to a promotion-chasing side for next season.

Asked if Hayes has what it takes to play for a top-six Championship side, Bruce told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think there will be a few. He’s a decent player, he’s got good pace, he’s got a nice left foot.

“If he does leave, he’ll be one where there will be a lot of clubs who want to take him. He’s still got plenty left in the tank, whenever I’ve seen him play. It wouldn’t surprise me if he does get a decent move if he leaves on a free.”

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Hayes already has seven Championship games under his belt, having played for Leicester City in the second-tier back in 2007.

He has also played in England’s League One and League Two, although the majority of his club appearances have come in the Scottish top flight.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has been left dazzled by a triple transfer plan at Parkhead.