Does report give indication about Jonny Hayes' future at Celtic?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic applauds fans prior to the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jonny Hayes signed for Celtic from Aberdeen last summer but has made just six Scottish Premiership starts for The Hoops.

Jonny Hayes of Aberdeen celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow,...

This time last year, Jonny Hayes was one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football.

The Irish winger had just enjoyed a fantastic season for Aberdeen and was the only non-Celtic man on the SPFA Player of the Year nomination list.

And by the middle of June, Hayes’ fine form was rewarded with a switch to the Scottish champions. As reported by the Express, Celtic paid £1.3 million for him while allowing Ryan Christie to join The Dons on a season-long loan as part of the deal.

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.

12 months on, however, Hayes has gone from rising star to forgotten man. The 30-year-old struggled to make an impression at Parkhead, making just six league starts before a broken leg in December brought a premature end to a disappointing debut season in green and white.

And it would have been little surprise if Celtic decided to cash in on Hayes, just one year after he arrived amid big expectations. But latest reports from the Daily Record seem to suggest that the four-time international still has a future in Glasgow.

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...

It is understood that Hayes is returning to fitness and could be ready to feature in the first pre-season game against Austrian side SK Vorwarts Steyr later this month. And the report states that his re-emergence would be a boost for Rodgers, given that Hayes’ ability to fill in at left-back gives Celtic a useful back-up for Kieran Tierney.

Hayes might not be the star he was at Aberdeen but he could still be a valuable squad player for Celtic. And it is this versatility which might just keep him around.

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