MX23RW : Thursday, December 13 02:19:25

Celtic bid for Jonny Hayes 'hits snag'

Celtic's deal to bring in Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen is reportedly delayed over the Dons' desire for a reciprocal move for Ryan Christie.

Celtic's proposed deal to sign winger Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen has reportedly been complicated by the Dons' desire to take Ryan Christie as part of the transaction.

Brendan Rodgers's side, who last weekend completed an unbeaten domestic treble, are thought to have made a £1m bid for Republic of Ireland international Hayes as they look to strengthen ahead of next season.

Hayes has two years remaining on his current deal at Pittodrie but has been sought by a number of clubs, including Cardiff City and Birmingham City of the Championship, after he scored nine goals and registered 12 assists for the Dons in the league last season.

According to the Daily Mail, Aberdeen are prepared to reluctantly let Hayes go this summer but are keen to see 22-year-old Christie move in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Christie spent the second half of the season on loan with Derek McInnes's side and had an impressive return of seven goals in 15 games to help them finish second in the Scottish Premiership.

The newspaper claims that Celtic are unwilling to let the Scotland Under-21s international leave on a permanent deal, however, and will only sanction his return to the Granite City next term on loan.


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A general view of inside Pittodrie Stadium before the Scottish Premiere League match between Aberdeen FC and Motherwell FC at Pittodrie Stadium on May 11, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic159423262631
2RangersRangers1694338142431
3Aberdeen168441915428
4Hearts178452118328
5Kilmarnock167542016426
6St Johnstone167541920-126
7Hibernian1566324121224
8Livingston176561516-123
9Motherwell164481625-916
10Hamilton AcademicalHamilton1741121237-2513
11Dundee1624101329-1610
12St Mirren1724111132-2110

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