"Thank you"; On-Loan Celtic man says his goodbyes as he prepares for return

By Lewis Laird

November 24, 2022

On-loan Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard sent a classy goodbye message to those at HJK Helsinki as he prepares to return to Glasgow.

Taking to Instagram, the 24-year-old stated his thanks to all those who helped him after spending the year in Finland.

Hazard joined HJK in January on a year’s long-loan move as he looked to go and earn regular game time away from Celtic Park.

During his stay with the Finnish champions, the shot-stopper played 39 games and kept 14 clean sheets in another title-winning campaign.

The Northern Ireland international also helped his side reach the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

During the ventures across Europe, they faced off against AS Roma, Real Betis and Ludogorets. But only managed to pick up one point in their group.

Hazard played all six games, making the most saves of any goalkeeper in the competition. However, he couldn’t help them to victory.

His performances led to him being awarded supporters player of the year, and he appeared to be a popular figure in Finland.

However, his loan spell came to an end earlier this month, and yesterday he sent a thank you message to all those that helped him at the club, stating: “Thank you to everyone at @hjkhelsinki. So many achievements and memories made this year 🏆 All the best to everyone at the club. Excited for my next chapter ⚽️”

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Hazard’s Celtic future set to be decided ahead of January transfer window.

Whilst Hazard spent the season out on loan, he fell further down the pecking order after the signing of Ben Siegrist from Dundee United in the summer.

With just over six months left on his current contract at Parkhead, you can imagine talks will take place regarding his future in the coming weeks.

His return to Lennoxtown comes at arguably an ideal time, with the opportunity to head elsewhere and continue playing consistent first-team football.

Hopefully, both parties can come to a compromise ahead of the January transfer window opening once again, which will allow Hazard to have his future sorted after impressing out on loan.

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