Jonny Hayes has made something of an unexpected return to the Celtic first-team picture under Neil Lennon, and he is loving every single moment. 

The winger got the nod over Scott Sinclair in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen, and played a big part in his side’s convincing 3-0 win that puts the Hoops on the verge of the treble treble. 

Celtic fans will recall a serious injury sustained by Hayes back in the 2017-18 season, and the Irishman conceded that he didn’t know if he was going to be able to resume his playing career. 

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Speaking to Four Four Two, the 31-year-old said: 

When I got injured, to be honest I did worry this move might not work out.

I broke my leg and two or three months into the rehab I was still feeling the pain every day. I didn’t know if I was going to come back and there were times when you think you’ll never get back to being the same player.

Since I had the injury I’ve decided that every moment I have on the pitch is there to be cherished,

I just love getting out there and if I can contribute in a positive way then all the better.

The forward’s contract runs until the end of next season, and it seems as though he wants to squeeze out every possible minute of football in that time.