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Watch: 'It's my first day here' smiles Celtic's new Irish signing in reply to Linfield questions

Jonny Hayes reacts to Champions League draw after unveiling as a Celtic player

Republic of Ireland winger Jonny Hayes was today announced as Celtic's newest signing.

Adding to what has been an eventful day for the Parkhead club, 29 year-old Hayes joined from Aberdeen on a three year contract.

Speaking in his new Celtic shirt, Hayes was asked about the Champions League second qualifying round draw which could pit Celtic against Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield.

But he said any off the park matters surrounding the fixture wouldn't impact his approach to what could be his competitive debut for the club.

"It's just another football game," he replied. "I've never really thought about stuff like that off the park. Players have to approach every game the same. You know it's going to be tough. Regardless of who we play, we'll know what to expect.

"It could be my first competitive game so I look forward to it. We've got friendlies before that but regardless of the opposition, I can't wait to get started and if the first competitive game is in Ireland, I'll look forward to it."

When persistent journalists pressed Hayes on the issue, questioning his thoughts over the first leg potentially taking place at Windsor Park on July 12th, he replied, "It's my first day here," with a smile.

Belfast Telegraph