There wasn’t much made of it at the time but Conor Hazard’s loan move to Partick Thistle in January could prove to be pivotal for both the player and the club as they try to stave off relegation.

The Celtic reserve goalkeeper moved to Thistle to join former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell as he desperately tried to beat the drop.

Partick were bottom of the league when Hazard came in but after the weekend they find themselves off the foot of the league after a big win against Dundee Utd.

The Celtic goalkeeper has been this Glasgow club’s number one since coming in and the experience he is currently getting is invaluable if he wants to challenge for a place at Celtic down the line.

Hazard, 21, has also been out on loan to Falkirk and is gaining a lot of experience as the pressure to help Thistle stay up intensifies.

The goalkeeper was also part of the side who forced a replay against Hearts last week in the Scottish Cup and could help dump the Jambos out of the competition on Tuesday night which would only be good news for Celtic.


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