Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard had a difficult game against a decent USA side, as Northern Ireland fell 2-1 to the USMNT.

Goals from Gio Reyna (yes, son of that Reyna) and a Pulisic penalty saw off the NI side. Former Celtic man Niall McGinn pulled a goal back for Ian Baraclough’s men. Ultimately, though, the USA’s quality showed against a struggling Northern Irish team.

Hazard was powerless to concede the first goal, with Reyna’s speculative effort taking a massive deflection. The ball was lofted over Hazard’s head, who could do nothing to prevent it going in. Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna is a hotly-tipped prospect, having played 24 Bundesliga matches for BVB this season.

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The second was perhaps more preventable. Christian Pulisic’s penalty looked pretty soft, and it appeared Hazard could easily have got a hand to it. Caught Offside called it “one of the worst penalties you’ll see”.

Hazard did make some good saves, though. As the BBC reported:

 

“[Hazard made] a good block from Daryl Dike before denying the same player two minutes later with a good save at his near post – an area in which regular keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has struggled of late.

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Northern Ireland goalkeeper Conor Hazard has already enjoyed success with Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For Conor Hazard, Northern Ireland ‘keeper, a weird 20-21 continues

It’s been a strange year for Conor Hazard.

Last season he was on loan at Dundee. This season, Hazard has managed seven Celtic appearances, keeping four clean sheets [Transfermarkt]. He was vaulted into the spotlight due to the struggles of Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain, but was dropped just as quickly as he was picked. He’s also helped Celtic achieve a Quadruple Treble.

Strange times.

This mixed return to the Northern Ireland team will have done his career a boost, though. Really, hyperbole aside, the giant shot-stopper looked comfortable at international level. Leaving aside the strange indecision from Pulisic’s spot-kick, it’ll have been a good outing for the ‘keeper’s confidence in the long-term.

READ MORE: International intrigue continues for Celtic fans, with Norway’s Kristoffer Ajer.

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