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29th Dec, 2017 | 1:26pm

Duff makes claim about Celtic summer signing injury

Stuart Duff has claimed that his former Inverness team-mate Jonny Hayes can overcome his season-ending injury at Celtic and come back better than before.

The 30-year-old had just scored his first goal for Celtic again his former club Aberdeen and was set for a run in the team until he suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Dundee’s Josh Meekings.

Duff, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, thinks that the Irish international will return an even better player next season because of how strong a character he is.

“Jonny is one of the most popular players I know. The wee man was like that at Inverness when we played together,” he said.

“He was the life and soul in the dressing room, a real strong character. That’s why I know he’ll come back even stronger.”

Hayes was signed for a fee of around £1million from Aberdeen in the summer, and has found it difficult to get into a Celtic side which has Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts all in good form at one stage of the season.

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However his recent performances against Motherwell and Aberdeen set to earn him a good run in the first team until his injury struck.

Hayes will be upset to miss the Hoops’ next game in particular, the second Old Firm clash of the season. He was an unused substitute in the first meeting between the clubs this season when the Bhoys cruised to a 2-0 win at Ibrox in September thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

In other Celtic news, Davie Hay believes that the Hoops should hold out for £30 million if Moussa Dembele leaves the club next month

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