The news of Jonny Hayes* becoming Brendan Rodgers first addition of the summer with Ryan Christie reportedly going back on loan for the season, is further evidence of the boss shuffling his pack for the new campaign.
Hayes, who scored the Dons only goal against Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final a couple of weeks ago, is a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back if needed. Although not the ‘marquee’ signing everyone hoped for, Hayes, a Dublin born Celtic fan, has worked with manager before as a Bhoy at Reading, so the gaffer knows what he’s getting.
On the same day, Scott Allan signed a season loan deal at Dundee in a bid to get some regular football under his belt, with a view to catching Brendan’s eye. When the former Hibs man was asked if he’d regretted signing for the Hoops, Allan said he’d no regrets, adding he’d won a a medal in his first season, and has learned so much under the gaffer.
With Efe Ambrose off to Hibs, Kris Commons at the end of his contract, Eoghan O’Connell away to Bury, I’m sure there will be further loan deals or outgoings in the next few weeks.
I can’t see Nadir Ciftci, Saidy Janko or Gary Mackay-Steven featuring much in the coming season, even with a view to getting them game time, the likelihood of any of the three holding down a place in the team is remote, although you never know, the same could have been said about Dedryck Boyata last season!
I think it’s fair to say we’ll be linked with plenty more players in the coming weeks, but the one that would make the support so happy is of course Partick Roberts. Fingers crossed….
*just a wee note, when Hayes scored against Celtic on our last visit to Pittodrie I remember saying he was one of the few players on the park who could have scored that type of goal. Let’s hope he scores a few like it for the Hoops.