Former Celtic goalkeeper Packie Bonner knows a thing or two about coming through a high-pressure penalty shoot-out.
He’s a legend in Ireland because of doing exactly that with his country in major tournaments.
The BBC Sportsound regular was at Hampden yesterday on commentary duties and will have enjoyed Celtic’s quadruple treble win as much as anyone.
He was also delighted to see Conor Hazard become the hero.
Bonner has been talking up his abilities for a while and took to social media site Twitter to send on his congratulations last night.
The long-serving Hoops goalie was particularly pleased to see the youngster console old teammate Craig Gordon after the game.
Bonner posted: “Congrats to Conor Hazard in winning his first medal on a historic day for his club, but also by showing appreciation to Craig Gordon, somebody who has helped him develop as a young goalkeeper.”
Congrats to Conor Hazard in winning his first medal on historic day for his club, but also by showing appreciation to Craig Gordon, somebody who has helped him develop as a young goalkeeper. pic.twitter.com/eyxyYFARwd
— Packie Bonner (@PackieBonner1) December 20, 2020
Will Hazard stay in goals for Celtic?
Despite his penalty heroics, you could argue that the Northern Ireland international struggled for much of yesterday. He was questionable for one or two of Hearts’ three goals.
He’s still young and learning, but there’s a solid argument for reverting back to Vasilis Barkas on Wednesday.
Personally, I think the Celtic manager has to capitalise on Hazard’s confidence coming out yesterday’s match.
The 22-year-old now has three matches to stake a claim for a start at Ibrox.
Hopefully, he can take his opportunity.