Chris Sutton has expressed skepticism over Celtic signing Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes adequately replacing Patrick Roberts, who is expected to return to parent club Manchester City this summer.
Hayes has been impressive this past season and played a big role in Aberdeen finishing the Scottish Premiership in second position behind the treble winning Celtic.
Celtic should have no problem forking out the £1.2 million that will be required to lure Hayes and though Sutton thinks it would be a significant signing for the Bhoys, he does not believe that Hayes is the type of player that can help the Scottish giants to progress in European tournaments.
Sutton wrote in the Daily Record, “Now I have to make it clear, I like Hayes. He has had a great season. While I wouldn’t say he has carried Aberdeen at times they are certainly not the same team without him in it.
“So in terms of weakening the opposition in Scotland it would be a significant signing if they complete the £1.2m deal reported to be in the pipeline. But in terms of strengthening Celtic for the step up to the next level in European football, I’m not so sure.”