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  • Jonny Hayes: It was an emotional day and a great derby win

    Jonny Hayes: It was an emotional day and a great derby win

    By: Tony Connelly on 02 Apr, 2019 12:01

  • EVEN though he sat out the second-half of Sunday’s Glasgow Derby, watching the remainder of the game from the relative serenity of the dugout, Jonny Hayes was lost for breath at the end of an astonishing 90 minutes.

    Like nearly everyone else who witnessed the 2-1 win over Rangers, the Irishman was almost lost for words as well after taking in a derby filled with taking points.

    Speaking to the Celtic View, the winger said: “What a result. Games like that get emotional and I’m disappointed that we didn’t kick on and get two or three. We let them back into the game but that resilience and winning mentality came into play again. “

    There were some nail-biting moments for Hayes and Kieran Tierney, who joined him in the dugout during the second half after coming off due to injury, as they both watched the action unfold.

    He said: “Kieran and I were both sitting next to each other watching from the sidelines and we couldn’t watch at times because of all the emotions in the game. As soon as we scored the second goal we were just waiting for the final whistle.

    “Kieran and I had this joke about how much we’d pay for the final whistle right then, even though we could have scored another couple after the second. The win was paramount, and having that 13-point lead gives us a bit more of a cushion now.”

    Hayes added: “I thought Odsonne Edouard was brilliant. Some of the things he does is incredible. He has a history of doing that, like at Ibrox last year and against Aberdeen when he came on. Some of the things he does with the ball are brilliant.

    “He’s scored a couple of important goals over the last couple of weeks, but that performance in the derby, with the goal and the assist, was excellent."

    Celtic now face St Mirren in Paisley on Wednesday night before returning to Paradise on Saturday to face Livingston in the final game before the five post-split fixtures.

    “We have seven league games left,” said Hayes, “and securing maximum points is the target. It might not happen, but it’s what we aim for, what we strive for. We’ll recover and then prepare for the next game, which is always the most important one.”

    Read the full and exclusive interview with Jonny Hayes ONLY in the Celtic View. On sale from Wednesday, April 3.

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