Celtic have reportedly blocked attacker Jonny Hayes from departing on loan in this January transfer window.
According to TEAMtalk, the Bhoys have “pulled the plug” on the 31-year-old leaving Parkhead and will keep him for the second half of the season.
It is understood that Brendan Rodgers’ team will then decide the winger’s long-term future in the summer, with his current deal with them due to expire in 2020.
TEAMtalk previously detailed that Aberdeen were close to securing a loan deal for Hayes, but the update on Deadline Day has shattered that potential move.
Hayes will be sticking around for the near future, but surely Celtic are only delaying the inevitable with him.
The four-time capped Republic of Ireland international is on the fringes of Rodgers’ squad as it stands and has made just eight senior appearances across all competitions.
He surely hasn’t got the qualities to complete a dramatic U-turn on his time at Parkhead and become an important player, as there is too much quality competition within the squad in wide areas.
It may be wise for Rodgers to keep a deep squad to help the club continue their hunt for domestic dominance, but Hayes is unlikely to be needed much and he will surely be off next summer.