In Focus: The more expensive Hayes get, the less sense it makes for Celtic

As reported by The Daily Express, Celtic are continuing their pursuit of Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes this summer and have returned to the Dons with an improved offer.

What’s the story?

Celtic are trying to fill the hole left in the wake of Patrick Roberts return to Manchester City and it appears signing a winger has become a priority, especially one who has a proven record of providing assists.

One such man The Express say the Hoops continue to pursue is Jonny Hayes, Aberdeen’s in-form wide man. However, in order to land their man they will need to up their price to £1.3m, according to the report, and also include sending young prospect Ryan Christie on loan for the entire season.

Is he worth the price?

The Christie factor

The Jonny Hayes deal isn’t one that makes much sense to some Celtic fans who were hoping that the club sign a higher calibre of player in their efforts to make a splash in the UEFA Champions League.

Further to that, letting one of their brighter young prospects leave for an entire season appears at the expense of bringing in a 29-year-old doesn’t appear to be a particularly productive move.

Christie had a great half season on loan at Pittodrie and you’d expect him to kick on and push for places at Celtic.

However, Hayes did create more assists than anyone in the Scottish Premiership last season and he certainly solves an immediate short-term issue at the club.

On the cheap as that solution, Hayes would be a fine addition. If their latest reported bid fails though, then Celtic would be forced to give even more up and suddenly the deal verges into the illogical.