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Celtic snap up Ireland winger Hayes on three-year deal

The 29-year-old earns a move to Celtic Park on the back of a couple of superb seasons with Aberdeen.

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IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JONNY Hayes has completed his move to Scottish Premier League champions Celtic on a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old winger moves to Celtic Park after spending five seasons at Aberdeen for a fee reported to be in the region of €1.5 million.

Hayes, capped four times by Ireland, has been one of the most standout performers in the Scottish top-flight over the last few seasons and was the only non-Celtic player nominated for the 2016/17 SFA player of the year award.

“This is a huge honour for me. It is a dream come true to be part of this brilliant football club and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“I’m delighted. It’s been in the pipeline for a little while now but I’m pleased to finally get here. I was eager to get it over the line for the last few weeks.

“Celtic have done well over the last few seasons and with the manager coming in last year he raised the level again. It was hard last year seeing all the celebrations and all the stuff on social media and you want that for yourself and to be part of it.

“Now it’s my chance and hopefully, going forward, I can create my own little bit of history and take the chance I’ve been given.”

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The Dubliner played a central role for Aberdeen as they finished second behind Celtic last season, scoring 11 goals and creating 24 in all competitions.

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