Hayes: 'I knew I wanted to join Celtic 30 seconds after speaking to Rodgers'

He was unveiled by the Scottish champions on Monday afternoon

Jonny Hayes

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Jonny Hayes says he spent just 30 seconds listening to Brendan Rodgers before deciding he wanted to move to Scottish treble-winners, Celtic.

The Ireland international has just completed his move to the club and was unveiled this afternoon in front of the media.

Celtic enjoyed a season of domestic dominance, going unbeaten in the league and in cup campaigns.

Speaking to the club's official website, Hayes explained the reasoning behind the move.

"I first found out about Celtic’s interest just after the Scottish Cup final," he said. "I spoke to Aberdeen and they told me that Celtic had been in touch and were interested in taking me.

"As soon as Aberdeen gave Celtic permission to speak to me, I spoke to Brendan and within 30 seconds I knew I wanted to come.

"There was a chance that I might have gone down to England but as soon as Celtic became involved, this was the only place I wanted to be. I wasn’t tempted at all to go down south.

"I tried to get my head round the possibility if the deal fell through and I had to move to England, but speaking to my wife, she knew that my heart was set on Celtic from the minute I spoke to the manager."