Paul Hartley shares discussion with Brendan Rodgers about Conor Hazard

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at  Dens Park on December 26, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland.

Conor Hazard has joined Falkirk on loan from Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic in the January transfer window.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown on December 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley has revealed to Capital City Press his discussion with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers about Conor Hazard.

Scottish Championship club Falkirk have signed Hazard on loan from Scottish Premiership side Celtic in the January transfer window.


The 19-year-old goalkeeper will be part of the Bairns’ team until the end of the season.

Hartley has revealed his discussion with Celtic boss Rodgers about the Northern Ireland Under-21 international goalkeeper.

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers looks on during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“We felt we needed to get another one in and he was highly recommended by Brendan and Celtic,” Hartley told Capital City Press about Hazard. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him and we’re delighted to bring Conor in.

“I have spoken with Brendan Rodgers at length over Conor and I know just how highly thought of he is at Celtic Park.

“This is a move that will hopefully benefit all parties as I know that both Conor and Celtic were keen that he went out on loan to gain some valuable first-team experience.”

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

Hazard is a very talented and promising young goalkeeper who signed a new four-year contract with Celtic only in September 2017.

From Hartley’s comments, it seems that Rodgers rates the youngster highly, and one suspects that in the coming years the teenager will establish himself as a regular in the Celtic first team.

For now, it made sense for Hazard to join Falkirk in the Scottish Premiership on loan and get valuable playing time in a very competitive league.

Falkirk are eighth in the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 23 points from 22 matches.

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