Neil Lennon has hailed Jonny Hayes for his recent performances and hinted that he could get a contract extension, The Daily Record reports.
Hayes is out of contract at the end of this season but Lennon believes his performances might have earned him a new deal. The 32-year-old played at left-back on Sunday but he can also play in midfield.
Given his versatility, experience and work ethic, Lennon knows Hayes is a vital squad member – even if he is not a first-team regular. But Hayes is refusing to get carried away with his future.
Hayes remains coy
Hayes refused to be drawn on speculation of a new deal. Instead, he prefers to focus on the present and he will make his future decisions when the time is right.
When quizzed about his future, Hayes said (via The Daily Record): “I’ve got two young kids to provide for and that’s my motivation, whether it’s here, there or anywhere. I take my football day by day, I don’t think about the future. What will be will be.”
Hayes has proven his importance to Celtic this season. Despite spending large periods of time on the bench (or even out of the squad), he has never moaned and he has applied himself like a true professional.
When called upon, the Irishman rarely lets Lennon down. After two impressive performances in a row, it might be worth keeping him for another year to maintain the strength in depth needed for a title challenge alongside European matches.