Is Conor Hazard about to be promoted to Celtic’s senior side?
You would that Celtic might need a new goalkeeper this summer.
Dorus De Vries announced his retirement last month, meaning that Craig Gordon and Scott Bain are Neil Lennon’s only goalkeeping options.
But Lennon will need a third choice and it might just be Conor Hazard.
The Celtic boss played Hazard during the second half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Rennes, which might be significant.
If Lennon didn’t have any plan for the 21-year-old Irishman, why keep him? He has just loaned out another young goalkeeper in the form Ross Doohan, who has re-signed for Ayr United.
And considering there’s virtually no speculation about the Hoops signing a new keeper, it’s very likely that Hazard is De Vries’s replacement.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers told the club’s official website about Hazard 18 months ago: “I think he could be a very good keeper in the future for us but he needs to get the games.”
The youngster is a lot more experienced now and maybe, just maybe, he’s ready for senior duties.