New Celtic winger Jonny Hayes enjoys first taste of action for the Hoops

New Celtic winger Jonny Hayes enjoys first taste of action for the Hoops
Jonny Hayes in action for Ireland.

Jonny Hayes admitted he loved his first taste of action for Celtic despite the low-key surroundings.

The Republic of Ireland winger played in the green and white hoops for the first time in a 1-0 friendly win over Austrian side BW Linz at a 2,000-capacity stadium in Rohrbach on Wednesday night.

But Hayes is still excited at every new experience following his recent move from Aberdeen.

The winger told Celtic TV: "The main thing is to get a bit of fitness at this stage but I loved it. Even getting changed and putting the strip on, I loved it and enjoyed every minute of it.

"I knew I was only playing 45 minutes but I didn't want that half-time whistle to come. I just wanted to keep going.

"The lads have been first-class. Right from the minute I came in, everybody's been brilliant with me."

Celtic face Rapid Vienna on Saturday as they warm up for their opening Champions League qualifier, which will take place in mid-July.

Linfield took a small step towards setting up a meeting with the Scottish champions when they beat San Marino's La Fiorita 1-0 thanks to a late goal at Windsor Park on Wednesday.

Hayes said: "The competitive action is going to be in a couple of weeks, but we've got some games in between that and I'm just looking forward to the weekend. Hopefully I'll get another run-out and get a chance to put on the kit again, and go from there."

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