Celtic newbie Jonny Hayes concedes he faces uphill battle trying to get into Hoops team

General view of Celtic Park

Jonny Hayes has joined Celtic on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Aberdeen's Jonathan Hayes looks dejected after a missed chanceJonny Hayes has joined Celtic from Aberdeen

Jonny Hayes has told Celtic's official website that he is aware that he faces an uphill battle trying to get into the Hoops lineup, but insisted that he is ready to play whatever role Brendan Rodgers asks of him.

Hayes completed his switch from Aberdeen last week, with the club's official website confirming that he has signed a three-year deal at Parkhead with Ryan Christie joining the Dons on a season-long loan. 

But the 29-year-old is coming into a team that sealed the domestic treble during this past season, going unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup, so will perhaps have a difficult task on his hands trying to force his way into the team.

However, Hayes is under no illusions that he faces a congested path if he wants to break into Rodgers' side.

Aberdeen's Jonathan Hayes in action with Celtic's Patrick RobertsHayes in action with former Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts

“It’s going to be tough to get into this Celtic team,” he told the club's official website. “They don’t really need to improve much to go and do well again next season but I’m looking forward to it.

“To know that the manager wants you is enough for me, and whatever way he sees me fitting in and whatever way he wants to use me, that’s enough for me."

In fairness to the Republic of Ireland international, his form for Derek McInnes' men during this past campaign was certainly impressive enough to suggest that he will earn plenty of chances to make an impact for the Hoops.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

In  the top flight, Hayes scored nine goals and contributed 12 assists, which is the same number of goals and two more assists than the incredibly impressive Patrick Roberts managed during the season.

And with the latter only on loan at the club and yet to agree any kind of extension with the Hoops, it could be argued that Hayes' presence may help soften the blow if they are unable to bring Roberts back. 

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