JONNY HAYES has signalled the end of his three-year Celtic career.

The versatile Republic of Ireland international star is out of contract at the end of next month and it looks as though he will be on his way.

Hayes, who will be 33 in July, posted what is most certainly an emotional farewell to the Hoops support on Instagram.

He said: “From the lows of breaking a leg to the highs of winning a treble, the last 3 years have been an enjoyable journey, in which I’ve worked under some terrific staff and shared a dressing room with some  unbelievable guys!

“Football at times brings tough decisions, so I’d like to thank you for all the support received along the way! Stay safe everyone!”

Brendan Rodgers made Hayes’ dream come true when he paid £1.3million to take him from Aberdeen in the summer of 2017.

Ironically, the left-sided performer’s last goal for the Dons came against the Parkhead side in the Scottish Cup Final that year when he put the Pittodrie side ahead early in the match.

Thankfully, Stuart Armstrong levelled within two minutes and Tom Rogic scored the memorable late goal that gave Celtic their first treble since Martin O’Neill’s side achieved the feat in 2000/01.

Hayes won a Scottish Cup medal last season when he stood in for the injured Kieran Tierney in the 2-1 triumph over Hearts on May 25 which cemented the club’s treble treble.

He also got the nod ahead of Boli Bolingoli to play in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup success over Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in December when Christopher Jullien was the matchwinner.

Hayes was linked with several English Championship sides during the January transfer window, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape considerably.

Neil Lennon admitted he wanted to deal in the experienced campaigned, as CQN reported last year, but it now looks odds-on he has kicked his last ball for his boyhood heroes.


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