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Patrick Roberts injury has to reinvigorate Celtic's Jonny Hayes

Celtic FC's Patrick Roberts (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match Anderlecht vs Celtic at The Constant...

If Jonny Hayes isn't motivated to save his Celtic career now then he doesn't deserve one at Parkhead.

Jonny Hayes (R) of Celtic and Paul Smyth (L) of Linfield during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

Jonny Hayes has been handed a huge lifeline in his Celtic career and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that he takes it.

Sky Sports reported on Saturday that winger Patrick Roberts could be out until March - a big loss for the Hoops but Hayes has the talent to make his absence less detrimental for Celtic.

The Republic of Ireland winger replaced Roberts on the right in Saturday's 5-1 win over Motherwell and fans of the Parkhead club are convinced that it was his best game for the club, even though he failed to score or set up any of the five.

Stuart Armstrong  of Celtic celebrates his goal ,Celtic's 4th wth Jonny Hayes and Tom Rogic   during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Secon Round,Second Leg match between Celtic and...

In fact, the 30-year-old hasn't yet recorded a single goal or assist in 11 outings for Rodgers's side following a £1.3 million move from Aberdeen in the summer and those statistics might have prompted the Northern Irishman to offload him in January and find somebody else.

But Roberts's injury has changed the landscape somewhat and if Hayes can build on his performance yesterday, and begin producing in the form of goals and assists, then it would do wonders for his confidence because, really, that's what he needs.

Jonny Hayes of Celtic and Scott Brown of Celtic during the Celtic Training Session prior to the Group B UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Bayern Muenchen on October 30, 2017...

The talent is there, having scored nine and set up 12 goals with Aberdeen last season, but perhaps a lack of belief has held him back, though Roberts's loss can certainly be his gain - providing he wants it enough.

Rodgers has other, very talented options on the right wing, and keeping them out will be tough, but Hayes has a second chance to succeed at his boyhood club and if he isn't motivated then perhaps he doesn't deserve to be at the club.

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