Rarely-used Celtic player suffered a disappointing setback last night

By David Walton

November 24, 2021

Rarely-seen Celtic talent Conor Hazard suffered a poor night last night as he was sent off in the closing stages in his first B team start against Clyde.

The young Hoops had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Bully Wee in their Glasgow Cup clash. Ben Wylie had given Celtic B the lead on 52 minutes and it looked set to stay that way with the game petering out.

However, with only 2 minutes to go, Hazard took down David Goodwillie to give away a late penalty. The Northern Ireland international was then sent off to compound the misery, with Goodwillie firing beyond substitute goalkeeper Ryan Mullen. Despite the poor decision from Hazard, the foul was clearly made outside the penalty area in a big refereeing blunder.

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It was Hazard’s first appearance for the newly-formed B team. Despite being 23 years of age and not eligible to feature in the Lowland League, Conor was able to play in the Glasgow Cup fixture.

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The stalemate was the youngsters’ first runout in the Glasgow Cup this season. 3 more fixtures against Rangers B, Queen’s Park, and Partick Thistle will ensue to determine the top 4, who will then advance to a semi-final stage.

Hazard has only made one senior matchday squad this season against Midtjylland in Ange Postecoglou’s first competitive game. The Northern Irishman is currently 4th choice behind Joe Hart, Scott Bain, and Vasilis Barkas respectively.

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Conor Hazard needs a Celtic exit more than anyone

It’s a real disappointing night this one for Hazard. Okay, so a clean sheet and a Glasgow Cup win was hardly going to have Postecoglou calling him up to battle Hart anytime soon. But it was another chance to put himself in the shop window and get something positive going once again.

Now, he’ll be unavailable for the next Glasgow Cup clash against Rangers B. The error has done him out of what will be a fairly high-profile Glasgow derby clash between the youths. A solid performance there would’ve been ideal for him heading into the January window.

Hazard’s contract at Celtic expires in 2023. However, don’t expect him to see it out. This is an ambitious 23-year-old talent who’s looking for regular game-time. He made that pretty clear even as far back as last year, when he stated he needed senior minutes to realise his international ambitions [Belfast Telegraph].

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There was a time when Hazard was producing a genuine fight for the Celtic number 1 jersey. He managed 6 senior team appearances last season [Transfermarkt]. Hazard impressed in spells, but he was only in because of the severely poor displays from Barkas and Bain respectively.

Now, he’ll be looking at things at Celtic and will surely see the situation is a lot tougher. Hart isn’t going anywhere anytime soon whilst Bain is reportedly set for a new contract [Scottish Daily Express]. Regardless of what happens with Barkas, Hazard has too many obstacles to overcome here.

And after last night’s latest setback, it only strengthens the case for his January departure.

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