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  • Celtic delighted as Jonny Hayes signs for the treble-winners

    Celtic delighted as Jonny Hayes signs for the treble-winners

    By: Laith Al Naeme on 17 Jun, 2017 13:30

  • CELTIC Football Club are delighted to announce that Jonny Hayes has joined the club on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old Irishman has moved to the treble-winners after five years with Aberdeen, while Ryan Christie has moved to Pittodrie on a season-long loan.

    And Jonny Hayes is thrilled to be joining the Hoops and working again with Brendan Rodgers. Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, the new Bhoy said: “This is a huge honour for me. It is a dream come true to be part of this brilliant football club and I can’t wait to get started.

    “I’m delighted. It’s been in the pipeline for a little while now but I’m pleased to finally get here. I was eager to get it over the line for the last few weeks.

    “Celtic have done well over the last few seasons and with the manager coming in last year he raised the level again. It was hard last year seeing all the celebrations and all the stuff on social media and you want that for yourself and to be part of it.

    “Now it’s my chance and hopefully, going forward, I can create my own little bit of history and take the chance I’ve been given.”

    The Irish internationalist spent three years with Inverness Caley Thistle prior to moving to Pittodrie in 2012, and he has been one of Aberdeen’s most impressive performers in recent seasons.

    His last game for the Dons came in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden, where his early goal put his side ahead before goals from Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic secured the cup and the domestic treble for Celtic.

    Last season, Jonny Hayes was the only non-Celtic player nominated by his fellow professionals in the SPFA Player of the Year Awards. Now he’s joining those fellow nominees as a Celtic player.

    Not surprisingly, he can’t wait to meet up with his new team-mates and start pre-season training, with next month’s UEFA Champions League qualifiers looming on the horizon.

    “I can’t wait to get back training,” he explained. “Once everything was signed off, I said to Tim Williamson (Celtic physio) that I was just looking forward to that first day in training and getting started.

    “You can’t get away from the Champions League. I can imagine it is the reason many players have wanted to come here. Not only is it the size and stature of the club, Champions League nights and the atmosphere are a massive factor in wanting to come here.

    “Whether you’re a football fan or not, everybody knows about the atmosphere of Champions League nights at Celtic Park. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a part of that.”

    Everyone at Celtic welcomes Jonny to the club while also passing on our best wishes to Ryan for the season ahead.

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