Celtic have made Jonny Hayes their first signing of the summer transfer window.
Celtic new boy Jonny Hayes has suggested that Martin O’Neill was encouraging him to complete a move to Parkhead.
Hayes was on international duty with the Republic of Ireland while Celtic were negotiating to bring him in from Aberdeen.
And as soon as Ireland boss O’Neill heard that Hayes could move to Celtic, he was keen to get the updates from the 29-year-old on his future.
JH: Martin O’Neill was asking me about the possible move every single day I was away with Ireland & he spoke to me about Celtic.— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) June 19, 2017
O’Neill managed Celtic for five years between 2000 and 2005, and he remains a very popular figure at the Glasgow club.
O’Neill will be hoping that Hayes can go on to make a success of his career with the Bhoys.
Hayes has become Brendan Rodgers’ side’s first addition of the summer transfer window, and could have an important role to play next term.
Hayes was one of Aberdeen’s main attacking weapons last term, and there are hopes that he can carry that form into his first season at Celtic.
Rodgers is expected to make more new additions before the close of the transfer window, with a number of players linked with a move to Parkhead.