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Celtic fans react as Jonny Hayes shines in stunning injury-time win over Lazio

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Celtic fans react as Jonny Hayes shines in stunning injury-time win over Lazio

Jonny Hayes lasted the entire 90 minutes as Celtic came from behind to produce a magical win over Lazio as Olivier Ntcham chipped in during injury time – and Hoops fans have raved over Hayes, who started in place of Boli Bolingoli.

Hayes, 32, started alongside a defence of Christopher Jullien, Kris Ajer and Hatem Abd Elhamed on the left side of defence – tasked with keeping Manuel Lazzari quiet. It looked as though it was going to be a long night, to begin with.

That is because Lazzari’s stunning cross found Ciro Immobile at the back post. The on-fire striker volleyed home with a tidy finish, too quick for Fraser Forster to stop. But Celtic came roaring back.

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The Hoops grew into the game, under the lights at the Stadio Olimpico. Indeed, Hayes began to focus and Celtic equalised before the end of the first half. A lovely pass from Mo Elyounoussi found James Forrest, who hammered the ball into the net.

In the second half, former Aberdeen star Hayes was in much better form – as were the rest of the Celtic side. In the 95th minute,  a poor pass allowed Odsonne Edouard to capitalise – feeding Ntcham who finished with aplomb.

Celtic fans reacted on Twitter to Hayes’ display, with many urging Neil Lennon to offer Hayes a new deal – as the left-sided player’s contract expires at the end of the season.

 

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