Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp was spotted in the stands at Hamden Park yesterday as Celtic and Aberdeen battled it out for the Scottish Cup.

And according to the Birmingham Mail, Redknapp was not there merely as a spectator.

He was there on a scouting mission, keeping an eye on Aberdeen winger Johnny Hayes.

The game finished 2-1 to Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers’ side stealing the victory in the final few minutes to secure a domestic treble in the Northern Irishman’s first season in charge.

However, Johnny Hayes certainly impressed despite Aberdeen’s defeat. The Irish winger opened the scoring for his side and always looked dangerous when going forward.

Hayes has had a fantastic season this year, helping Aberdeen to second place in the Scottish Premier League, finishing runners up behind Celtic.

It was not just the league that they finished second best to Celtic in. As well as losing yesterday’s Scottish Cup final, they were also defeated in the Scottish League Cup final by the Bhoys.

The winger has scored 11 games in 44 games this season, and has been instrumental to Aberdeen’s success.

His performances haven’t just caught the eye of Harry Redknapp and Birmingham City however.

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City are also believed to be interested in acquiring the signing of the pacey winger.

The destination of Johnny Hayes could depend entirely on the future of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

McInnes is touted to be the new favourite to take over at Sunderland following David Moyes’ resignation.

If the Scottish manager is to move to Sunderland, it is believed that he may decide to take Johnny Hayes with him.


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