NEW Bhoy Jonny Hayes admits he will treasure every minute of his Celtic career.

And the winger, who made his competitive debut in Friday’s Champions League qualifying 2-0 win over Linfield, has told Brendan Rodgers he’ll even be happy to play in GOAL for the Hoops.

Hayes, who cost £1.3million from Aberdeen in the summer, played the last 20 minutes of the eventful tie in Belfast as a substitute for James Forrest.

He also saw 73 minutes of action in the weekend friendly against Lyon.

The Republic of Ireland attacker said: “I’ve been very eager and keen to play and the manager has probably sensed that.

“Every minute on the pitch as a Celtic player is going to be cherished, so the more time I get to spend on it the better.”

Asked if he preferred playing on the right or left wing, Hayes replied: “I’ll play in the sticks, if need be.

“As long as I am on the pitch I am happy, regardless of where I am to play.

“It’s up to the manager where I play, but I have no preference.”

The 30-year-old touchline flier could make his first competitive appearance at a 60,000 sell-out second leg at Parkhead against the Northern Ireland champions on Wednesday.

He said: “Linfield were tough opponents who sat in and were clearly well organised.

“But to score two goals and not concede to take into the return made it a good day all round.

“I’m looking forward to it and obviously they will have to come and try to play and maybe look for a goal or two.

“It should make for an exciting game.”


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