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Celtic: Fans query selection of Jonny Hayes over Greg Taylor at left-back against Lazio

Celtic: Fans query selection of Jonny Hayes over Greg Taylor at left-back against Lazio

With Boli Bolingoli missing Celtic’s Europa League trip to Lazio yesterday, Neil Lennon faced a significant call as to who would start at left-back.

He selected wide midfielder Jonny Hayes for the role and switched from his usual 4-2-3-1 to start with a 3-5-2 formation that saw Hayes and James Forrest operate as wing-backs, with the team announced by @CelticFC on Twitter.

The Republic of Ireland international’s appearance in the side meant that there was no place in the starting XI for natural left-back Greg Taylor, who has still played just once for the Hoops since joining the club on transfer deadline day.

Despite making frequent substitute appearances, Hayes was starting for Celtic for just the second time this season – his other start, against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup, was also in a left-back role. [via TransferMarkt]

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The 32-year-old ultimately vindicated his selection by winning three tackles and making five clearances [via WhoScored], with Joshua Peck of the Daily Express writing that he “defended well and got on the overlap as often as he could for Neil Lennon’s side”.

Before kick-off, though, these Celtic fans on Twitter were left perplexed by the manager’s decision to start Hayes ahead of Taylor:

Do you think Hayes justified his selection or should Taylor have started instead of him? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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