Chris Sutton has hit out at Celtic’s “baffling” decision to let Jonny Hayes leave Parkhead in wake of Hoops left-back Boli Bolingoli’s poor performances for Neil Lennon’s side in pre-season.
Hayes joined Celtic from Aberdeen in 2017 and played 68 times for the Bhoys, scoring two goals and registering seven assists in a stint which also saw him battle back from a leg break.
One of the 32-year-old’s two goals in the green and white hoops was his late strike on the counter to break Rangers hearts on their own patch in Celtic’s 2-0 win at Ibrox back in September.
However, Hayes was not offered a new Celtic contract and the club confirmed at the end of May that he would be on his way out of Parkhead, the player subsequently rejoining Aberdeen.
Speaking on the latest Record Celtic podcast, Sutton criticised Bolingoli’s displays for the Bhoys in pre-season and suggested that the decision to let Hayes leave has backfired.
“They’ve got a problem in the left-back area, I think, because Bolingoli, with the greatest will in the world, has been useless in pre-season, from what I’ve seen,” said Sutton.
“If I was Neil Lennon, I’d be chomping at the bit for (bringing in new players), I’d be demanding that.
“Jonny Hayes, that whole situation – baffling that they’ve let Jonny Hayes go after seeing Bolingoli’s performance.
“Do we think Bolingoli can turn it around in a Celtic jersey? I don’t think so, from what I’ve seen. So what happens if Greg Taylor gets injured?”
While Hayes sometimes came under flak from sections of the Celtic fanbase, there’s no denying he was a great option for Lennon.
Hopefully Bolingoli will pick up form as the weeks go on, but at the same time, there may be the need to bring in another player in case Taylor does get injured and Bolingoli continues to struggle.