Premiership winger: This is the eight-figure investment needed to catch Celtic
By Harvey Byrne
Aberdeen attacker Jonny Hayes believes a £20million investment is needed for the Dons if they are to catch Celtic at the top of the Scottish football pyramid.
The Hoops have established their dominance over the rest of Scotland in recent years and they have won six consecutive league titles.
They are also currently unbeaten after 34 fixtures in the Scottish top-flight and sit a massive 37 points above the rest in the Premiership table.
Aberdeen are the closest team to Celtic in the league in second place and the two are also set to meet each other in the Scottish Cup final at the end of the month.
Now, ahead of their clash, Hayes has stated that “about” £20million would be needed if the Dons were to close the gap on Celtic, while he has also told that it would be a difficult task.
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“About £20 million I would say. It’s difficult. We know the calibre of players they have,” told Hayes to the Scottish Herald.
“They have young players like (Stuart) Armstrong and (Moussa) Dembele. If they improve again and have better seasons than this year again it’s going to be a difficult ask. We can’t do a lot about that.
“But we can beat them in a one-off game. We lost the League Cup final to them earlier this season because we were really bad that day. On the day of the cup final we didn’t show up. The way we played we would have lost to any other team in the Premiership.
“Normally if you lose a game, some individuals have played well. But that day not one player really came off the pitch with any credit. There were a lot of sloppy mistakes. There were a million and one reasons, but it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly went wrong. It could have been more than three, if we are honest.
“But we know we are a lot better than we showed that day. The Scottish Cup final is a one-off game and if we play to our best that’s all we can do. Celtic have proven they are the best team in the country, but we have had a couple of tight games against them this season.
“It’s up to us to give a better account of ourselves this time and do the best we can. The manager is adamant it’s on the back burner until the league is over. Hopefully the lads can do well and play their way into the cup final team.”
Hayes is the standout performer for Aberdeen and is the only player not playing for Celtic nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Hoops trio Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong have also been nominated for the award in a season where the Hoops have destroyed all in their path domestically.
In other Celtic news, John Hartson has hailed this Hoops pair as outstanding.