A number of Celtic fans have reacted to a tweet from Sunday Mirror journalist Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) in which he alluded to the involvement of Jonny Hayes in one of their team’s goals in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Hamilton.
McNally pointed out that, with the teams level at 1-1 in the 78th minute, the 32-year-old hurriedly vaulted a pitch-side advertising board to grab the ball and take a quick throw-in, with the passage of play ending in Christopher Jullien firing the Hoops into the lead at a crucial juncture in the game.
Jonny Hayes divides #Celtic fans. But his never-say-die spirit is unquestionable.
With only 12 minutes left- & 2 points at risk- he showed his desire by vaulting an ad board to grab the ball & take a quick throw for Christie to set up Jullien's goal. A vital role in a huge win.
— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) February 3, 2020
Hayes, who came on as a substitute for Greg Taylor six minutes earlier, was also praised by other reporters for his impact at New Douglas Park. David Walton of 67hailhail.com said that he “looked full of energy and performed reliably”, while Read Celtic‘s Amy Canavan wrote that he had a “massive impact from the bench yet again” and “got it all started for Jullien’s goal with some quick thinking”.
The Republic of Ireland international had come under fire from a portion of Celtic fans in recent weeks, with some questioning his inclusion ahead of Taylor against Hearts in December and others slamming his performance against Kilmarnock a couple of weeks ago. However, after seeing McNally’s tweet about Hayes’ attitude in the lead-up to Jullien’s goal on Sunday, these Hoops supporters took to Twitter to commend the 32-year-old, with one appreciating how he “gives so much energy and passion“:
The man is a warrior, plays for the badge and should be rewarded with a new contract
— Barry Nixon (@barrynixon1980) February 3, 2020
If he’s played in his proper position he gives so much energy and passion to the team.
He’s not a left back and some of my fellow Celtic fans should be more mindful of that.
— pαυl coɴɴelly (@paulconn75) February 3, 2020
Jonny Hayes isn’t one of life’s superstars and he may be considered as a ‘water carrier’ by many but he’s gives 100% every time. He’ll do for me.
— yermanfrommk (@paddymccrossan1) February 3, 2020
Guys like Him are essential to any squad with ambitions for success. Absolutely fantastic asset to have
— Michael Bailey (@Irishmikeeb) February 3, 2020
If I can’t fault a player for effort and desire I’m happy n he definitely gives us everything
— kevin filby (@kevinfilby3) February 3, 2020
Ability wise he might not be “Celtic class” but he gives 100% every time he steps on that park and every teams needs a couple of they players in the squad
— French Eddie 💚💚 (@Dannybhoy_c) February 3, 2020
I love Johnny Hayes, never lets us down, always gives all for the jersey…. Hail Hail… 😎🇨🇮🍀🇨🇮😎
— finbury (@finbury999) February 3, 2020
Every team needs a Johnny Hayes, hardworking professional who does his level best when called upon.💪🍀
— Jamie bhoy (@Loughran18) February 3, 2020
What do you make of Hayes as a Celtic player? Were you impressed by his involvement in Jullien’s goal against Hamilton and does that typify his overall attitude? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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