What now for Celtic's Conor Hazard after loan spell?

By Connor Gordon

June 7, 2019

Celtic youth keeper Conor Hazard is in a difficult predicament at the moment.

High things are expected of the Northern Ireland international, but where does he fit in now at the Hoops?

Hazard has had two loan spells with Falkirk and Partick Thistle in recent times.

The towering keeper may take advantage of keeper uncertainty at his parent club or look for another loan.

Conor Hazard has a decision to make

Presently, Scott Bain is the only fit first-team keeper on the books at Celtic.

Celtic fans will be aiming to know who Scott Bain’s understudy will be. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s not known whether Craig Gordon sees his immediate future in Glasgow either.

Hazard is highly rated by all accounts and even at a young age, he will be setting his sights high.

There is clearly an opportunity for the Irishman to move up a grade at The Bhoys, but will he take it?

Ultimately, he could go out on another loan spell and aim to progress in that manner.

This said, an opportunity could present itself with Celtic and he’ll be working under a fantastic coach in Stevie Woods.

However, there will be competition at his present level with Ryan Mullen and Ross Doohan also pushing.

Ross Doohan in action for Celtic youths against Manchester City. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’ll be interesting to see which of the three makes the grade.

Conor Hazard must be aware of competition

Doohan has just completed a somewhat successful stint at Ayr United who were flying at one point.

Likewise, Mullen has been successful in the youths, going far as winning the Glasgow Cup.

Those Bhoys will also be eyeing the same prize as Hazard by making it at Celtic.

Conor Hazard playing for Northern Ireland. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, Hazard is more accomplished with his one senior cap last year and will be looking to push on.

Woods and Neil Lennon will have to have an extensive chat about the future of the keepers.

Bain will not be moved anytime soon and Gordon’s time looks to be up.

The backroom staff will need to make sure they make the right decision to bring through the right keeper.