Celtic complete signing of Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen

"It's been in the pipeline for a little while now, but I'm delighted to finally get here".

Rodgers has never hidden his admiration for Hayes after being youth coach at Reading when he pitched up there in the summer of 2004, before he moved to Chelsea.

Over the years, many players brought into Celtic from other Scottish top flight clubs have struggled to make the transition.

The Dubliner played a central role for Aberdeen as they finished second behind Celtic last season, scoring 11 goals and creating 24 in all competitions.

Celtic have won the race to sign winger Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen, sending Ryan Christie the opposite way on loan as part of the deal.

"It was good to see Brendan", Hayes told the Celtic website (www.celticfc.net) after agreeing a three-year contract.

Celtic manager Rodgers will monitor the Englishman's situation over the coming months in case of further developments, but is not hopeful of a deal materialising. It was hard past year seeing all the celebrations and all the stuff on social media, and you want that for yourself.

O'Neill already thinks highly of Hayes and the move to his former club should help him add to his four Ireland caps. Once everything was signed off, I said to Tim Williamson (Celtic physio) that I was just looking forward to that first day in training and getting started.

If Celtic do manage to land Roberts, it will certainly hand them a major boost heading into the Champions League qualifiers and beyond.

"You can't get away from the Champions League", he said. Everybody knows about the atmosphere of Champions League nights at Celtic Park.

He previously spent three years with Inverness Caley Thistle as well as a stint at Pittodrie before moving to Aberdeen.

  • Zachary Reyes