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  • Jonny Hayes: We're focused on getting positive result against Hibs

    Jonny Hayes: We're focused on getting positive result against Hibs

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 18 Apr, 2019 16:01

  • THERE has been a spring in the step of the Celtic players as they’ve got down to work at Lennoxtown this week in preparation for Sunday’s game against Hibernian at Easter Road.

    The Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen has certainly bolstered confidence, and the focus now is on securing the Premiership title, which could happen this weekend if Rangers fail to win against Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.

    Speaking at the club’s training ground today (Thursday) as he helped to promote the Celtic FC Festival, which will take place this July 26-28 at the SEC Glasgow, Jonny Hayes explained that the cup final has been set to one side and the only talk is of this weekend’s league game.

    “Winning games is always the perfect preparation,” the Irishman said. “You enjoy training that little bit more if you’re coming off the back of a victory, but the preparation will stay the same on what the manager wants us to put into effect at the weekend. We’re working on that all week and Hibs have our full focus.

    “Every game here is big, regardless of the opposition. It’s always about ourselves and the way we prepare, so it doesn’t really matter who we play or where we play, we know it’s about us.”

    Hayes was one of many impressive performers at Hampden last Sunday, helping the Hoops to an impressive 3-0 win over Aberdeen to set up a Scottish Cup final clash with Hearts next month.

    And the 31-year-old admitted that he’s enjoying life at Celtic under his fellow countryman, Neil Lennon.

    “The manager’s been superb since he’s come in,” he said. “I think a lot of the boys have taken confidence from him. He’s somebody who inspires players. You can see, from the teams he’s managed and the players he’s managed, that he always seems to get the best out of players, and everyone here is thoroughly enjoying themselves since he’s come in.

    “There have not been many changes, to be honest. I’ve said it before, but John Kennedy’s played a massive role in taking the club forward and what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years has stayed the same.

    “The manager has his input, and we’ve had the best of both worlds – learning from Brendan while he was here and now we’re learning from the gaffer.

    “You can see how much he loves the club and how much he wants us to win, and that can only be a positive for us when you have someone that brings that desire into the changing room.”

    Tickets for the Celtic FC Festival at the Glasgow SEC, from July 26-28, are on sale at www.celticfestival.com

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