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Celtic's Move For Promising Belgian Winger Proves The Toughness Of Jonny Hayes' Task

Celtic's Move For Promising Belgian Winger Proves The Toughness Of Jonny Hayes' Task
By Mikey Traynor

The news that Brendan Rodgers is looking to bring talented Chelsea winger Charly Musonda to the club has been well received by most Celtic fans.

While there are still hopes that Kieran Tierney can convince his bestie Patrick Roberts to come back for another year, signing Musonda would be bringing another frighteningly quick winger to the club for a fee reported to be as low as £5m.

Celtic's current Belgian Dedryck Boyata knows of Musonda, and his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside him speaks volumes [via Express.co.uk].

The hype around him has been confirmed by the fact he is playing for Chelsea.

I have seen him play so many times and I can honestly tell he is a very, very good player.

I think he needs some time to play first-team football and show what he can do. He is a player who can confirm all the hype around him when he gets his chance.

Musonda is an obvious talent.

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Having spent a season playing in the green and white of Real Betis, he showed flashes of the quality that saw Chelsea snap him up from Anderlecht as a teenager, but were he to play his football in Scotland next season, the combination of himself and Scott Sinclair on the wings would be so pacey that most opposition teams would struggle to cope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWOAiuZZ8n0

So where does that leave Jonny Hayes, should the club agree a deal for Musonda?

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Exactly where he expected to be.

Hayes signed for Celtic knowing for a fact that he would be in a battle for a starting place from day one. With Sinclair having locked down one wing with his performances last season, there is seemingly one flank left to play for.

Hayes was the main man at Aberdeen, but he will now need to establish himself amidst competition from the likes of James Forrest, Stuart Armstrong, and Callum McGregor who were already at the club. The pursuit of Musonda will serve as a reminder that a club of Celtic's size will continue to look to bring in talent, regardless of what they already have in the position.

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There will always be someone waiting in the wings for their chance. That's the way Rodgers' likes his squad to be, and it's a different situation to the one Hayes left at Aberdeen.

It won't be easy, but if Hayes can step up to the plate and establish himself as a regular starter, it will be a boost not only for himself, but for Martin O'Neill and Ireland too.

Musonda has the talent to cause him problems if he does arrive, but we're confident Jonny is up to the challenge. Competition can bring out the best in a footballer, so hopefully we see the best of the Dubliner next season.

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