Could Celtic's Lewis Morgan deal be a fatal blow for Jonny Hayes?

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers applauds supporters as he leaves after the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and Anderlecht at Celtic Park stadium...

Jonny Hayes' hopes of kick-starting his Celtic career will be threatened if The Bhoys manage to lure Lewis Morgan from St Mirren.

Jonny Hayes of Celtic during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Jonny Hayes could be forgiven for seeing the injury suffered by his Celtic team-mate Patrick Roberts as a great opportunity.

According to The Express, Celtic paid £1.3 million to sign Hayes from Aberdeen in the summer. But, after Roberts returned for another loan spell from Manchester City, the Republic of Ireland international has barely had a sniff so far.

The 30-year-old had started just four Scottish Premiership games - though with Roberts out until March, Hayes would have been hoping for a prolonged run in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI for the first time.

Lyon's midfielder Romain Del Castillo tackles Celtic's midfielder Jonny Hayes(R) during the pre-season friendly football match between Glasgow Celtic and Olympique Lyonnais at Celtic Park...

But Hayes’ chances of kick-starting his Celtic career may be brought to a premature end as early as January. Because the Scottish Sun claims that The Bhoys are now leading the race to sign St Mirren’s left sided schemer Lewis Morgan in the January transfer window.

The Scotland Under-21 ace is out of contract at the end of this season and it appears that Celtic, rather than former club Rangers, are the most likely destination with Rodgers preparing a move in the New Year.

Lewis Morgan of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

Morgan has earned rave reviews for his performances this season for St Mirren, netting 10 times in 21 appearances, and would seemingly slot into the position vacated by Roberts – that’s if Celtic do not grand with St Mirren’s wishes and loan him back to the second tier side for the remainder of the season.

But Morgan’s arrival would leave Hayes even further down the pecking order at Parkhead. So it seems the final few games of 2017 will take on extra significance with the former Dons talisman possibly drinking in last chance saloon already.

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