COMMENT

A game like the recent goalless draw with Motherwell is one which Celtic could really have been doing with Jonny Hayes.

The summer signing from Aberdeen was just starting to become a regular in the Hoops team and had scored his first goal for the club shortly before breaking his leg against Dundee on Boxing Day, in an incident which ended his season.

Whist many supporters seemed unsure about the prospect of signing Hayes last summer, the 30-year-old Irishman is more than capable of winning matches in the SPFL.

The Hoops have drawn eight games in the league this season – four more than last season – and it’s a good bet that if Hayes had been around he would have helped turn the one point into three points, with that extra bit of determination that his play is full of.

Hayes was the only non-Celtic player to be nominated for the Scottish player of the year last season, and for the Dons last season he scored 11 goals and had 24 assists, which a remarkable record.

If Hayes manages to recover from his injury in time for the start of the Champions League qualifiers in July, he could be a key part of the squad, his assists could be vital in the most pivotal matches of the season.

But until then Hayes and the club will just have to reflect on the bad luck that has ruled him out for the season.

In other Celtic news, Tam McManus has claimed that the Hoops missed Leigh Griffiths v Motherwell

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