CELTIC are set to head off to Dubai this week and begin a mini pre-season in the sun. It was a successful 2019 despite the defeat at the end of the year and the team will want to put that right further down the line.

Celtic could look different by the time their next game comes around on January 18. The wheels are in motion and the transfer window is open – there could be incomings and outgoings.

One man who has been linked with a move away from the club over the past 48 hours is Jonny Hayes. The Irishman officially entered the last six months of his deal at midnight January 1 and is now free to talk to any interested clubs.

According to RecordSport there are four clubs interested in bringing the Celtic player down south either now or in the summer.

Preston, Middlesbrough, Stoke and Cardiff are all reportedly keen on a move for the midfielder turned defender.

Neil Lennon has always been positive about Hayes and has played him a lot this season. Could Celtic stave off interest by offering new terms or will they both go their separate ways this summer?