Celtic winger Hayes opens up over Cardiff loan rumours

Date published: Wednesday 30th August 2017 3:00 - James Marshment

Celtic winger Johnny Hayes has insisted he knows nothing about rumours that he could be loaned to Cardiff barely two months after heading to Glasgow.

The 30-year-old, who is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, joined the Bhoys from Aberdeen in June but our exclusive on Tuesday said he could be heading for South Wales as the transfer window draws to a close.

Asked if there was anything in the talk, Hayes said: “No, not that I know of, anyway.

“To be honest with you, you just see these sort of things on social media crop up now and again, but nothing that I know of, anyway.

“It was actually one of my pals sent me a screenshot of something or other and he said, ‘Any truth in that?’.

“As far as I’m aware there’s none, anyway, so I’m not exactly sure where it came from.”

Cardiff did have an interest in Hayes earlier in the summer, but the player’s relationship with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, under whom he worked as a trainee at Reading, and the chance to play Champions League football proved decisive.

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