It is fair to say that it is all change on the goalkeeping front for Celtic. This time last week, it seemed like Scott Bain and Craig Gordon were set to battle it out for the position.
That has all changed. Firstly, Bain is out for at least a month with a thumb injury.
Secondly, Fraser Forster made an unexpected return to the club on a loan deal from Southampton for the rest of the season. The signing of Forster have a knock-on effect when it comes to other players at the club.
One such player is Conor Hazard. The Northern Ireland international now finds himself as fourth choice goalkeeper at the club.
Will be eager for more first-team football
After a loan spell at Partick Thistle last season, he will be eager for more first-team football. The chances of that happening at Celtic look to be remote.
Therefore, it would be best for the player’s career if he moved on from Celtic in the summer transfer window.
Perhaps the club will sanction another loan move. After all, Hazard is only 21, that is very young in goalkeeping terms.
The player’s contract runs until 2021, so another loan move seems the most likely outcome for Hazard. A season-long loan move would probably be ideal.
Goalkeeping situation could change in a year
By the time the player returns to Celtic next summer, the goalkeeping situation might have changed once more. There is no guarantee that Forster’s return to Celtic will be a permanent one. Craig Gordon will be out of contract by then, he might have left the club.
The goalkeeping situation could favour Hazard by the team he returns to the club should he leave on loan. Having four goalkeepers in the squad is probably one too many in all honesty.
Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see Hazard leave on loan sooner rather than later. It would be a good move for the player. However, should he want to move on from the club on a permanent basis it would be hard to blame the player.