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HAYES WORLD CUP BLOW AS TWO EX-CELTS GET THE NOD

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CELTIC winger Jonny Hayes has been left out of the final Republic of Ireland squad to face Denmark in the World Cup play-offs.

The 30-year-old raider has struggled for game time with the Parkhead outfit since making his £1.3million summer switch from Aberdeen and has been overlooked by Martin O’Neill.

The former Aberdeen man came on as a substitute at McDiarmid Park on Saturday as Celtic broke their own 100 year old record of 62 matches unbeaten in domestic football, taking their run to 63 with a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

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Hayes has picked up four caps since making his debut in 2016, with the last coming against Iceland earlier this year in a 1-0 defeat.

But his international career could be under threat if he doesn’t start turning out more often for Brendan Rodgers’ champions.

Hayes made a brief appearance as a 77th-minute substitute for James Forrest in the record-breaking 4-0 win over St Johnstone in Perth at the weekend.

However, he has started only five games for his boyhood idols since his transfer from Pittodrie.

Ex-Parkhead duo Aiden McGeady and Daryl Murphy are included in O’Neill’s final squad.

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