Celtic youngster Conor Hazard saw a loan move to Dundee blocked after rejecting a contract to extend his Parkhead stay, according to the Courier.
The newspaper reports that the Dens Park side wanted to bring Hazard back to the club for a third loan spell during the summer window. However, when the player rejected the opportunity to extend his Celtic contract, it reportedly prompted the Hoops to deny him a switch to the Championship club.
The Courier says that Hazard was at the top of Dundee’s list.
So far this season, the youngster has yet to even make a single matchday squad as he sits third in the pecking order behind Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain respectively.
Hazard’s current contract is up at the end of the season, meaning he’ll be free to talk to other clubs about his next move as soon as January (The Courier).
Celtic quite right to remain selfish
At face value, some may think this was a selfish decision from the Hoops. After all, everyone would likely see Dundee as the better opportunity for him considering he would’ve played on a weekly basis there.
However, if Hazard isn’t going to commit beyond the end of the season then why should we let him go? Why continue to pay Hazard’s wages whilst he’s playing for another team and his development won’t even help Celtic in the long-term? It suits us better to keep him here for the rest of the season incase we have a goalkeeping emergency.
Hazard’s the most senior of Celtic’s youth goalkeepers, and has also been capped with Northern Ireland. The player himself also expressed some slight frustration when talking to the Belfast Telegraph back in September, as he expressed how important it was for him to get regular minutes:
“I need to play games for me to be even considered to go to that level. I need to be playing week in, week out to get that exposure to first-team football.
“I had a great spell out on loan last season which I was delighted with but obviously with Covid that got cut short. I was looking to progress on that this year. For Ian to even consider me to be in that senior group, I need to be playing and performing.”
Unfortunately for Hazard, however, it looks like he’ll have to wait till next season before he can press ahead with any move.