The Daily Record have claimed that Jonny Hayes is set to return to Aberdeen after Celtic confirmed the Ireland international would leave the Scottish Champions on a free transfer this summer.
Hayes, 32, joined Celtic in the summer of 2017 from Aberdeen after a stunning 2016-17 campaign with the Dons that saw the left-footed ace score 11 goals but lay on a whopping 24 assists in 44 outings.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers, Hayes has gone on to make 68 appearances in all competitions for Celtic – being used as a winger but more recently as a left wing-back. He scored two goals, and created seven assists in that time.
But with Hayes set to turn 33 next month, Celtic have decided not to extend his contract. The Record now claim that the Irish left-footer is to sign a two-year deal with Aberdeen – returning to a side where he has played 202 times.
TBR’s view – Aberdeen return makes sense for Hayes
Hayes could have gone down south before his move to Celtic and was sure to have had interest from English clubs, but a return to Aberdeen is ideal for Hayes – given that little has changed at Pittodrie since his exit.
Derek McInnes remains in charge, and the style of football that saw Hayes have a hand in a huge 35 goals during the 2016-17 campaign is also intact. Aberdeen finished in fourth and will be looking for European football again.
Perhaps being used more as a left-back, or a left-winger that is not so adept at reaching the byline, would get the best out of Hayes. But there is no doubt that an Aberdeen return makes sense for both player and club.