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CONOR HAZARD made his Northern Ireland debut against Costa Rica at the weekend. The Celtic goalkeeper entering the fray when his side were already down 3-0.

Even though it’s not the result he would have hoped for when getting his first cap, the towering goalkeeper admitted he hopes his call-up leads to bigger and better things at Celtic this season.

Speaking about his chances of getting near the Celtic first team, Conor was hesitant to say he’ll make the breakthrough but work hard to make Brendan Rodgers think twice about sending him on-loan.

“I’ve three years left on my Celtic deal, so I’ll do my best in pre-season and see what happens from there,” said Hazard.

“I’ll have to see what happens in pre-season. Obviously (another loan) is the manager’s decision and the coaching staffs decision. All I’m going to do in pre-season is work my butt off and hopefully something comes of it.

“It was good at Falkirk last season. I got 12 games. It was my first time getting first-team experience so I’m glad I have that under my belt now.”

Celtic’s recent permanent acquisition of Scott Bain makes the task harder for Conor. Although Dorus de Vries is expected to leave this summer – should a club come in for the Dutchman.

If Dorus does move on, Rodgers might be reluctant to let Hazard go out on-loan after the Goalkeeper injury crises Celtic had last season just after the Irishman was loaned to Falkirk.

 

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