Left-back has been a problematic position for Celtic this season. After the departure of Tierney to Arsenal, no one has been able to completely fill his boots and nail down a spot in the first-team.
Both Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor have had their ups and downs throughout the season. As a result, very often Jonny Hayes has gotten the nod over his two more naturally defensive compatriots.
But after spending most of his career playing further up the pitch, Hayes has admitted to his struggles adjusting to the new position.
Speaking with the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 28, Page 23), Hayes said:
“I would say the wing-back role probably suits me more than an out-and-out full-back.
“I’m still learning to play full-back and positionally I could be better. The wing-back does suit me, I know I’ve the legs, pace and energy to get up and down.”
Interestingly, Celtic have deployed a 3-5-2 formation since returning from the winter break.
At the beginning it might have been an experiment forced due to multiple injuries but after how good Griffiths has looked recently, it will be a surprise to see Lennon making any change to it in the near future.
Thus, this provides Hayes with the perfect opportunity to show the Celtic fans his qualities in the wing-back position and nail down a spot in the first-team.