Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard is set to make his first start for Northern Ireland first-team tomorrow night in their friendly fixture against the United States.
As reported by Sky Sports Paul Gilmour, Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough confirmed to Sky that he will make his debut for the men’s international side tomorrow evening, replacing Burnley’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell in net for the fixture.
Conor Hazard will make 1st @NorthernIreland start v USA, boss Ian Baraclough tells @SkySportsNews. The decision was taken before the Italy game & BPF remains number 1. Jamal Lewis is taking part in training session after missing Italy with a groin problem #gawa
— Paul Gilmour (@skysportspaulg) March 27, 2021
The goalkeeping position has certainly been a problematic one for the Hoops this season with Hazard, Scott Bain and Vasilias Barkas all having spells in between the sticks at some point or another.
The 23-year old has featured seven times this season under Neil Lennon, including Celtic’s one victory in the Europa League against Lille at Celtic Park and more memorably saving two penalties in a penalty shootout to help the club on our way to a historic fourth treble in a row.
It has been a very good few months for Hazard, despite the club’s misfortunes, earning himself a new two-year deal at the club and now the chance to feature for his country.