Celtic have today announced goalkeeper Conor Hazard has committed his future to the club by signing a two-year contract.
His new deal will run until the summer of 2023, which will allow the 22-year-old an opportunity to establish himself within the plans of his prospective new manager next season. Statistically, the Downpatrick born stopper has made 6 appearances for the Hoops in 2020/21 and has achieved three clean sheets throughout this time period.
Unquestionably, his finest hour in a Celtic jersey so far came at Hampden on the 20th of December in the Scottish Cup final against Heart of Midlothian. With the trophy seemingly slipping through the Hoops grasp, Hazard stepped up and made two vital stops in the penalty shoot-out, as he played a major part in helping his side to complete the historic Quadruple Treble achievement which will be talked about for years to come.
Positionally, there have been major concerns for Celtic between the sticks due to the underwhelming performances of counterparts Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain this campaign. From a business perspective, it makes sense to keep Hazard in the building for the time being.
Even if he does not make the grade as a first choice, with the correct coaching there is every chance he could at least be a dependable backup option going forward. Intriguingly, the Irishman has already gained senior international honours, making a solitary appearance for the Northern Ireland national team against Costa Rica in 2018.
Here’s hoping Hazard can kick on and become a prolonged success story at the Hoops.
Sean Markus Clifford