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O’NEILL KEEPS THE FAITH IN JONNY HAYES

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CELTIC winger Jonny Hayes has kept his place in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland World Cup squad.

The winger, who has started only four games for the Hoops since his summer £1.3million transfer from Aberdeen, is included in the 34-player pool for their crucial play-off clashes against Denmark next month.

Hayes came on as a 76th-minute substitute for James Forrest in the champions’ 3-0 win over his former Dons team at Pittodrie last night.

Ex-Parkhead forwards Aiden McGeady and Daryl Murphy have also been called up, but there is no place for Hibs’ Anthony Stokes.

O’Neill’s side are away in the first leg in Copenhagen on Saturday, November 11 before returning to Dublin for the second leg at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, November 14.

Hayes came on as a substitute last night in Celtic’s impressive 3-0 win at Pittodrie which sees the Champions move 3 points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the league.

Some Aberdeen fans in the large stand behind the goal booed the player when the teams were read out at the start but more applauded his arrival onto the field of play as a second hand substitute.

The full squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Colin Doyle (Bradford City);

DEFENDERS: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Paul McShane (Reading), Richard Keogh (Derby), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (both Burnley);

MIDFIELDERS: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne (both Preston), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (both Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), James McCarthy (Everton), Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (both Burnley), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds), David Meyler (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Jonny Hayes (Celtic), James McClean (West Brom);

FORWARDS: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), David McGoldrick (Ipswich), Sean Maguire (Preston), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall).

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