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3rd Jun, 2017 | 11:36am

Sutton: Deal for Hayes would impact future of Celtic assist machine

By Will Butcher

Chris Sutton believes that signing Jonny Hayes suggests Celtic are set to miss out on a permanent deal for Patrick Roberts.

The Daily Mail claim Celtic are closing in on the £1.2million signing of the 29-year-old Aberdeen star.

In his Daily Record column, former Hoops striker Sutton believes the signing of Hayes is a good move for Celtic, but claims that it suggests a permanent deal for Roberts is off the cards.

“I have to make it clear, I like Hayes,” Sutton said. “It would be a significant signing if they complete the £1.2m deal reported to be in the pipeline.

“That they are contemplating Hayes at all suggests that Patrick Roberts isn’t coming back. That’s a loss because he offers something the other wide players in Celtic’s squad don’t.”

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Celtic are set to beat Championship sides Cardiff and Birmingham to the signature of Hayes this season, who has found the back of the net 11 times last season.

His move to Celtic Park could spell the end of Man City ace Roberts’ association with the Hoops, after the assist machine set up his teammates 19 times across 47 appearances last campaign.

Fans are desperate for Roberts to stay on but it remains to be seen if Celtic will re-enter the transfer market to extend his loan or indeed try to complete a permanent deal.

In other Celtic news, Scott Sinclair has revealed he cannot understand this decision made by Rodgers.

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