Celtic have confirmed that Jozo Simunovic and Jonny Hayes will leave the club under different circumstances.
Celtic have decided to not exercise the one-year extension option in the contract of their 25-year-old defender Jozo Simunovic. So, he will leave the Scottish champions having made 125 appearances for them in his 5-year stay at the club.
The 32-year-old Jonny Hayes has only been with Celtic for 3 years. He will leave the club after the expiration of his contract. The winger made 68 appearances for the club.
Manager Neil Lennon commended the performance of the duo and their part in the club’s success. He said:
Both leave Celtic as nine-in-a-row champions.
It’s an achievement they richly deserve and something I know they will cherish dearly.
I would like to sincerely thank both Jozo and Jonny, brilliant lads who have given their all to Celtic over a number of years.
Speaking to TalkSport, Hayes relieved that he would seek for regular playing time in his next club.
If you’re on the outskirts and not playing each week then it’s an easier decision to be made.
But when you are involved and playing, it comes down to football. Maybe, for whatever reason, if I’d stayed at Celtic, I might not have got as much game time.
I’m a little bit older now, it’s probably better for me to go out and play more regularly.