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  • Jonny Hayes: Our great success is three years in the making

    Jonny Hayes: Our great success is three years in the making

    By: Joe Donnelly on 21 May, 2019 09:01

  • JONNY Hayes reckons finishing any season with a cup final is a huge achievement, never mind one that stands on the cusp of history.

    Celtic face Hearts in this Saturday’s Scottish Cup showdown at Hampden, and, should they overcome their Edinburgh opponents for a second time in six days, they’ll secure an unprecendeted third successive domestic treble.

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, Jonny Hayes said: “There’s obviously a lot of hard work to get to this point, not just month or this season, it’s been three years in the making. It’s nice to look forward to a cup final in any circumstances, never mind the one we’re in.

    “You saw Ryan Christie speaking to the media a couple of weeks ago, and he was talking about how at that point we had a trophy day and a cup final to look forward to.

    “No matter what team you play for, no matter what league you play your football in, to have a trophy day and cup final as your last two games – take away the fact we’re on for a Treble Treble – anyone would bite your hand off for that.”

    Hayes said he and his team-mates will leave everything on the Hampden pitch in order make history this weekend, but regardless of the result, the fact that the Scottish champions will compete for a ninth league title in-a-row next season is an incredible feat. And the Irishman said that it's up to the current team to keep their dominant run of silverware coming.

    He added: “Being able to compete for a ninth league title is remarkable, especially when you consider the competitiveness of modern football. There was, of course, a long spell in the 1990s when Celtic were less successful – but now there’s dominance on our side. You can never take any of it for granted.

    “I’ve seen the league when our rivals were winning titles, and while it’s the flip-side now, there are a lot of people out there who won’t remember the bad times. That’s why standards nowadays are so high. People almost expect trophies, they expect dominance.

    “We really enjoyed Trophy Day at the weekend, and we now turn our full attention to another game against Hearts, this time at Hampden. We know we’re up against a very good side, but we want to win and ensure we go down in history.”

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