Celtic winger Jonny Hayes has told The Scottish Sun that he spoke to his then manager Brendan Rodgers when he was initially struggling at the Scottish Premiership club.

The 32-year-old winger joined Celtic from Aberdeen in the summer of 2017 when Rodgers – now the manager of Leicester City in the Premier League – was in charge of the Hoops.

The Republic of Ireland international has largely been a squad player at the Hoops and is out of contract at the Glasgow giants at the end of the season.

As stated on Celtic’s official website, Hayes has made a total of 55 appearances for the Hoops, of which 35 have been as substitutes and only 20 have been as starts, scoring two goals in the process.

According to WhoScored, the former Leicester and Aberdeen winger has played 120 minutes in the Europa League, and has made one start and seven substitute appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Celtic so far this season, scoring one goal in the process.

Hayes told The Scottish Sun: “I probably found it a little hard to adapt at first and I spoke about it with Brendan Rodgers.

“He was keen for me to keep doing the same as I had been at Aberdeen. I managed to get my head wrapped around it and I’ve tried to play my own game within the team.

“What I showed at Aberdeen was why Brendan brought me here in the first place.”

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