Jonny Hayes states that he himself was shocked at being released by Celtic as the versatile player bids farewell to Hoops fans.

The reliable Hoops player is no longer a Celtic player and will not be apart of Lennon’s ten in a row bid.

It came as a surprise to fans also as Hayes seemed to have a close bond with Neil lennon.

Speaking with the media, Hayes admits it was a shock to him aswell.

“I spoke to Neil Lennon a couple of days before the Rangers game back in December. He was aware I was out of contract in six months and [said] he’d like me to stay. As the season went on, we had similar conversations. He was quite keen for me to stay and saw me as part of his plans. I had the same conversations with John Kennedy. When it comes down to the decision being made this week, I don’t know if the financial impact the virus has had on Scottish football has contributed to it or not but I wasn’t being phased out, I was still playing regularly, in the team or off the bench, up until this virus struck.”

With Simunovic following Hayes shortly after, it could be that Lennon is clearing house as he prepares for a vital Summer transfer window.