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4th Dec, 2017 | 9:37am

Kieran Tierney: I used to hate playing against this Celtic fringe player

Kieran Tierney has tipped his Celtic team-mate Jonny Hayes to overcome the slow start to his career in the Hoops and become a vital member of the squad.

Hayes – who was the only non-Celtic player nominated for the Scottish player of the year last season – joined the Hoops from Aberdeen in the summer for a fee of £1million.

The winger has found it hard to break into the side due to the form of James Forrest, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts and has therefore found himself on the fringes of the squad.

But with Roberts out injured for three months, Hayes may now become an important man for the Bhoys in an extremely busy December.

Hayes turned in his best display so far for the Hoops in the weekend’s 5-1 victory over Motherwell, and may well feature in the games this week against Anderlecht and Hibs.

Tierney, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, revealed that he always thought that the Republic of Ireland international would be an important player for the Scottish Champions.

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He said: “Jonny’s a great player and one of the best people to have in the squad because he’s always happy. He’s never down or negative and is brilliant around the changing room.

“Jonny’s another one who’s hard to play against in training. I hated it when he was at Aberdeen.”

Tierney will next be in action in the Champions League against Anderlecht on Tuesday night, as the Celts look to clinch a place in the Europa League last 32.

They currently hold a three point and three goal advantage over the Belgian champions and are clear favourites to qualify.

In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts has vowed to be back on the pitch as soon as possible after his hamstring injury ruled him out for three months

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