There has been much fuss about the probable transfer of the English midfielder Patrick Roberts on a permanent deal to Celtic from Manchester City after the winger had a brilliant season at the Celtic Park on loan from the Premier League and played a pivotal role in making the Scottish side champions in the recently concluded season. However, amidst all the speculations, the Hoops have secured the signing of another promising player from fellow Scottish side Aberdeen, who finished the campaign in the second position in the last term.
The Republic of Ireland international has been one of the highly regarded players in the Scottish Premiership and has played a pivotal role in making his side the runner-ups for the season. The 29-year-old has joined the Scottish champions on a three-year long deal and is much excited to have made it into one of the big name clubs in top flight football. The transfer fee has, however, been undisclosed by the Hoops.
The Irishman has a fair bit of experience of playing under the tutelage of current Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers from his days at Reading, where he joined as a recruit in the youth academy and had Rodgers as the director of the academy.
Hayes played for five different clubs in England, including Leicester City, before making a move to Scottish Premiership club Inverness in 2009. Since then, he has been one of the players who has attracted a lot of interests with his brilliance as a winger. The midfielder joined his former club Aberdeen in the year 2012 and has been in the prime of his form in the past few seasons.
A big gain for Celtic, the Irishman has been one of the most important players for Aberdeen and it goes without saying that he will be missed thoroughly at his former club. Derek McInnes, the current coach of Aberdeen, has been evidently disappointed by the decision taken by his prized player.
McInnes has been focussed on making his club perform better in the next season and has already turned down an offer to manage the Championship club Sunderland in England, who are currently without a manager following the resignation of their former coach David Moyes.
Celtic have also been eyeing the English winger Patrick Roberts for a permanent move in the next season to strengthen their side and perform well in the Champions League next term. However, with the signing of Hayes, the Hoops’ interest for the English youngster might decrease a bit.