It’s got to be a major question mark coming up to the new year Glasgow Derby but radio pundit Hugh Keevins believes Celtic playing Conor Hazard in the fixture would be an embarrassing enrichment of the club’s transfer strategy.
Conor has come in and kept his place after his penalty heroics but Keevins believes the goalkeeper hasn’t got the experience or the mettle to play in what’s the biggest Glasgow Derby in years.
He’s basically saying, to put Conor in, would be a dereliction of duty on the part of the club and Nicky Hanmond’s summer exploits.
“Hazard has nowhere near the standard of experience necessary for a fixture that would effectively end Celtic’s dream of 10 In A Row if they lose to Rangers.” Hugh told RecordSport.
“And Celtic ought to have a duty of care to the player that respects his immaturity instead of allowing the threat of a giant shadow being cast over his career at an early stage by ignoring his apprentice status.
“It would be a damning indictment of Celtic’s recruitment if Hazard is thrust into the front-line because his elders can’t be trusted.
“Placed in a position of vulnerability because the club have made an embarrassing mess of their goalkeeping situation.
“And unable to get any protection from the players in front of him because the Hoops defence have their own glaringly-obvious failings.”
Celtic and Neil Lennon won’t have much choice but to play Conor in the game if there’s not a goalkeeper brought in before January 2.
The only man you could see coming in and taking his place straight in the starting XI would be Fraser Forster but there’s been no hint of a quick deal being done at the moment.
David Marshall once cut his cloth in this game and a memorable performance from Javier Sanchez Broto also springs to mind. Will Neil Lennon put his faith in the youngster?