‘Great player over the years’ Robbie Neilson admits he is looking at signing Hayes

Dundee United gaffer Robbie Neilson has admitted he is looking at ex-Celt Jonny Hayes, as he is working on rebuilding his squad for the Premiership.

Neilson said: “I know Jonny, he has been a great player over the years and is one we have spoken about.

“But financially we don’t know where we are.

“Kevin is one we had an interest in in January but we couldn’t get the deal done.

“We put a significant offer in for him and he’s one on the list, but it’s an uncertain time.

“Can we do it? Tony is working on that.

“They are two players we are looking at and and two players we are interested in, but there is so much uncertainty at the moment.

“We would like to bring in four or five players and will look at doing that over the course of the next month or two.

“We will do that as we get guidance of when the fans will be allowed back.

“Unlike in England where they can cope without fans, our league needs fans in to generate revenue.

“So off the back of that we will look to make signings when we find out when the supporters will be allowed in again.

“We have a strong squad at the moment and if we have to go with what we have I’d be delighted.

“The other teams will be in a worse situation so the levels will come down a little bit and we’re in a position to come back with eighteen first-team players, which will be more than most other clubs.

“It’s going to be a really strange year because the Scottish market lives off the English market to a certain extent.

“We have to look to January too because of Brexit and visas, so will that open up other markets for us which are not in the EU.

“The next two windows will be interesting for everyone and we are talking about it, will this be an opportunity for us?”

“So off the back of that we will look to make signings when we find out when the supporters will be allowed in again.

“We have a strong squad at the moment and if we have to go with what we have I’d be delighted.

“The other teams will be in a worse situation so the levels will come down a little bit and we’re in a position to come back with eighteen first-team players, which will be more than most other clubs.

“It’s going to be a really strange year because the Scottish market lives off the English market to a certain extent.

“We have to look to January too because of Brexit and visas, so will that open up other markets for us which are not in the EU.

“The next two windows will be interesting for everyone and we are talking about it, will this be an opportunity for us?”

“The next two windows will be interesting for everyone and we are talking about it, will this be an opportunity for us?”